Temples of Abu Simbel

What is Abu Simbel?

Glory is a word that is changed by the Temple of Abu Simbel. It was built by Ramses II (1279-1213 BC) during the time of the new Egyptian empire as a way to honour his wife Nefertari, make his name last forever, and keep his name from being forgotten.

He started to build it in 1264 B.C. and finished it in 1244 B.C. On the west bank of the Nile River, west of Aswan, it was carved into the mountain to show Egypt’s southern neighbours and anyone else who wants to attack Egypt’s borders how strong and cultural Egypt is.

How the Temple of Abu Simbel was Built

The temple is made up of two temples. The first is the great temple of Pharaoh Ramses the Great, which was built to honour the gods Amun, Ptah, and Ra-Hor-Akhty and to remember his victory at the Battle of Kadesh in 1274 BC.

The temple is 30 metres tall, 35 metres long, and has four 20-meter-tall statues of the second Pharaoh Ramses sitting on the front.

Inside the temple, there are three rooms that go on for 56 metres until they reach the end, where there are four statues, one for each god. The rooms are decorated with statues of Ramses the Second, pictures of the gods, and scenes from the battle of Kadesh.

The Sun of the Temple of Abu Simbel Festival

During the festival of the sun, which happens every year on February 22 and October, when the sun’s rays shine into the temple and light up the sanctuary and the faces of the gods to the northeast, the temple gets a lot of attention from the media.

The temple of Nefertari is 100 metres away. It was built for the goddess Hator, who was the goddess of love, joy, and beauty. It has two statues of Nefertari that are 10.5 metres tall and six statues of her husband, King Ramses the Second.

The Temples of Abu Simbel Need Help

In the 1960s of the last century, when the High Dam of Aswan was being built, the whole Temple of Philae complex was in danger of being flooded by Lake Naser. However, thanks to UNESCO, the complex was moved to a new location using a brilliant plan. This was one of the biggest challenges in the history of archaeological engineering.

Tours to the Abu Simbel Temple

[Tour of the Abu Simbel Temple for a day]

The Temple of Abu Simbel is one of the most famous historical sites in the world, and many tourists dream of visiting it. If you want to see this magnificent monument and other archaeological sites, you can look at our vacation packages to Egypt or Egypt Nile cruises to find the best trip for you to Egypt.

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