"ABU SIMBEL" Temple of Abu Simbel by scubaozgirl

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SUN TEMPLE OF RAMSES 11

Abu simbel is well worth the day trip despite the old aircaft with scratched windows & incredible heat...and I am a sun lover!
Abu Simbel consists of two temples that are close to the borders of Egypt & Sudan. These temples were construted for Pharaoh Ramses 11.

The facade you see here features four seated statues of Ramses reaching almost 20 metres.
The temple has undergone an amazing reconstruction and shifted to higher ground due to the rising waters of Lake Naser upon completion of the Aswan High Dam in the 1960s.
One of the most impressive monuments in Egypt.

The entire mountain on which The Temple of Ramses has been reconstructed is hollow.
Inside is a huge dome the size of five football fields which was both fantastic and completely surprising.

You should not miss this opportunity to view these amazing monuments.

Nefertari's Temple of Hathor

This is another impressive temple at Abu Simbel however it is much simpler.
It only has only one hypostyle hall and the sanctuary within.
In the hall there are various depictions of Ramses, images during battle, coronation and daily life. A bit like an ancient photo album.
There are gods featured as well such as Hathor-goddess of fertility and beauty, Horus -the falcon god, Seth-god of chaos and Mut-wife of god Amon-Re.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Incredible, overwhelming in size
  • Cons:Bit of a chore to get to, heat! But worth it.
  • In a nutshell:Unforgettable Abu Simbel
  • Last visit to Temple of Abu Simbel: May 2004
  • Intro Updated Dec 29, 2006
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  • terps94's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2007 at 6:32 PM

    I've flown over Egypt lot of times but not enough to enjoy the scenery....I found the cart that's why I get to drive,,u can navigate though

  • spgood301's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2007 at 7:12 PM

    haha...dontcha hate it when houses grow legs and run away. I'll be right over to help you find it - is there anything else I can help you find? =)

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