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looking over Lake Nasser - Temple of Abu Simbel

looking over Lake Nasser

Lake Nasser

The amazing temples of Abu Simbel sit in a stunning location over looking the sparkling waters of Lake Nasser.

This lake was formed when the Aswan High Dam was completed, and it is the largest artificial lake in the world - 310 miles long!

It really makes for a beautiful outlook when you pay a visit to the temples, and you can also do a cruise on the lake.

After visiting the temples we stopped for a while and stood and stared out to the calming blue waters.

Directions: 5-10 minutes drive from Abu Simbel airport.

Abu Simbel, Southern Egypt
280km south of Aswan

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  • Updated Jan 25, 2005
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Temple of Hathor - Temple of Abu Simbel

Temple of Hathor

Temple of Hathor

The smaller of the 2 temples at Abu Simbel is the Temple of Hathor.

To be honest I was pleasantly surprised to see it here, as I had never seen this temple featured in any photos, and thought that there was only one temple at Abu Simbel!

The Temple of Hathor was dedicated to Ramses wife, Queen Nefertari.

It is a smaller version of Ramses' temple, also carved into the mountain. At the front are 6 large statues - each about 10 metres high.

Inside are more statues, pillars and various halls, covered in scenes depicting the Queen honouring her husband.

Directions: 5-10 minutes drive from Abu Simbel airport.

Abu Simbel, Southern Egypt
280km south of Aswan

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Inside the Great Temple of Ramses II - Temple of Abu Simbel

Inside the Great Temple of Ramses II

Inside the Great Temple of Ramses II

The inside the Great Temple of Ramses II consists of a large entrance hall, a second smaller hall leading to a 'sacred sanctuary', with several 'store rooms' off the main hall.

The large entrance hall - the 'Great Hypostyle Hall' features several large statues of Ramses II (as shown in the photo).

It was really interesting to walk through and look at all the scenes depicted on the walls of the different sections.

Although very interesting, for me it didn't compare to the facade of the temple.

Directions: 5-10 minutes drive from Abu Simbel airport.

Abu Simbel, Southern Egypt
280km south of Aswan

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Great Temple of Ramses II - Temple of Abu Simbel

Great Temple of Ramses II

Great Temple of Ramses II

The main draw card at Abu Simbel is the Great Temple of Ramses II.

It was carved out of the mountain between 1274 and 1244 BC, dedicated to the great pharaoh Ramses II.

There are 4 giant statues of Ramses (20 metres high) that look out over the water, and which were originally designed as a show of strength to passing boats who sailed into the pharaoh's land.

Since it was built, centuries of moving sands and the waters of the Nile eventually covered the temple, and it was lost until 1813 when it was re-discovered.

Most amazingly, when the Aswan High Dam was completed back in the 1960's, the entire temple had to be cut from the rocks, moved to higher ground and re-assembled exactly as it was.

We stood in awe for some time, staring up at the magnificent statues and amazing at how such a temple was carved.

Directions: 5-10 minutes drive from Abu Simbel airport.

Abu Simbel, Southern Egypt
280km south of Aswan

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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