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"ABU SIMBEL" Egypt Things to Do Tip by Sharrie

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  Temple of Abu Simbel
by Sharrie

TEMPLE OF ABU SIMBEL is sensational! It lies about 175 miles from Aswan after the Egyptian government undertook a major reconstruction (in association with UNESCO) in 1968 & moved the two speos of Ramesses II & Nefertari to the current site. The gigantic rock was cut into sections, dismantled & then reconstructed on the summit of the Libyan mountains which overlooks the Nile River.

Now, to get an idea of perspective. The 4 colossal statues of Ramesses II measures about 108 ft high & 125 ft wide. The main reason why this has to be moved to higher ground was because of flooding caused by the building of Aswan High Dam. The original site is now submerged.

Another interesting fact that made this move more scientific than it actually is this:

Twice a year the sun penetrates the temple & floods the statues of Amon, Hamakhis & the pharaoh with light. It will become dark again after the initial 5 mins. The most remarkable thing is that Ptah, who is the god of darkness, is the only one that is never struck by the rays of the sun. All the others will be lighted up!

The move had to be engineered in such a way that the exact calculation of the time & daylight coincides for the same phenomenon to repeat itself twice every year!!! Amazing, isn't it?

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  • Updated May 27, 2003
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