Abu Simbel Tours – Egypt

Abu Simbel
أبو سمبل

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Nubia region, Egypt
Hours : 6am-5pm

About this place

On the western bank of Lake Nasser the famous Pharaoh Ramesses II and his beloved queen Nefertari decided to build this eternal monument to celebrate their reign. The temple was constructed in the 13th century BC and dedicated to the sun gods; Amon-Re and Re-Horakhte.

Enormous statues are 67 feet high while the entire facade is 119 ft wide and 100 ft high. The interior of the temple consists of halls and rooms. The first hall has two rows of statues. Besides the fact this magnificent site was built by the most appreciated experts of the period, another important thing happened; in the 1960s Egypt started the construction of the Aswan High Dam. The Egyptian government with the help provided by UNESCO moved the temples on top of the cliff to prevent the flood. Absolutely amazing.

 

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