"Abu Simbel--Warning Sign to the Nubian South" Temple of Abu Simbel by atufft

Temple of Abu Simbel Travel Guide: 266 reviews and 921 photos

Abu Simbel Towers Impressively in the Desert

There are other places to read in detail about the modern engineering feat to relocate Abu Simbel from it's original location along the upper Nile River. In it's original location, relatively few Egyptian monuments were placed further south into Nubia and the Sudan. Thus, from it's design, Abu Simbel appears to be the for the ancient traveler the first major monument found if sailing downstream from the Sudan. For those black tribesman bringing gifts to the pharoah, Abu Simbel must have appeared even more awesome than it does to the tourist today.

A Symbol of Power on the Egyptian Southern Border

The huge seated statues of Rameses, and the constant reminders carved into the reliefs of Ramses power to punish his enemies, must have been a symbol of power in ancient times. When Belzoni and others found it, sand filled halfway up the interior pillars.

Abu Simbel is Designed for the Sun

While many of the temples are placed according to the stars, sun, and moon, Abu Simbel is one of those few that is oriented so that sunlight reaches through to the furthest interior room. When we departed Aswan in the early morning of January, 1997, concerns about desert assaults on tourists lingered as the Egyptian army cued up vehicles, large and small, for a convoy run across the desert. The desert seemed bleak enough in the trip out, but at Abu Simbel, a considerable army of tourists arrived ready to appreciate the stone artwork.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:One of the Most Important Monuments in Ancient Egypt
  • Cons:The trek across the desert is more time consuming than for other temples
  • In a nutshell:While time consuming to get there, Abu Simbel caps off a good Egyptian Tour
  • Last visit to Temple of Abu Simbel: Jan 1997
  • Intro Updated May 19, 2006
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  • Apr 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    ''For those black tribesman bringing gifts to the pharoah, Abu Simbel must have appeared even more awesome than it does to the tourist today.'' What a load of rubbish. The ancient Egyptians themselves were ''black tribesmen'' as attested by all the Greek visitors to Egypt - Herodotus, Aristotle, Plato including.

  • omidamini's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2008 at 1:11 AM

    Thanks for graet photos

  • SteveOSF's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Nice page on Abu Simbel with some great pictures of the artwork. Interesting use of light within the temple.

  • MM212's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2007 at 7:12 AM

    Great photos and tips on Abu Simbel. Was considering skipping it this December, but you've persuaded me not to. Cheers!

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2006 at 6:40 AM

    Lucky you to be able to take pictures. It was so crowded when we went , it was a waste of time trying. Someone's sunhat was bound to be in the way.

  • mary2u99's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2006 at 8:37 AM

    Alan.. great pageand pictures of Abu Simbel!!! Thanks.I did not get to see it the last time I was there. Maybe next trip. Let me know once you are done with the page. Have a wonderful weekend.:-)

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2006 at 11:27 PM

    Thx for sharing ! Abu Simbel is a great experience


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