Abu Simbel Temple

Abu Simbel Temple

Abu Simbel Temple

Abu Simbel Temple is located on south boarder of Egypt close to Sudan, it was constructed for the Pharaoh Ramses II, around 320 Kilometers away from Aswan the twinkling city, it was the largest and mysterious construction in Egyptian History, and this temple is dedicated to Amon Ra, Harmakis and Ptah. The façade consists of four statues for the Pharaoh seated on his throne and represent his advancing age with the youngest to the left as viewed from the front. Prepare to be blown away by the magnificence of the world's most breathtaking monuments, and Egypt’s second most visited touristic site, the Pyramids of Giza being on the top of the list.

The miracle of Abu Simbel Temple happened twice a year when the sunlight penetrate the front entrance and 65 meters into the temple, this would illuminate three of four statues in the shrine at the end, The relocation of the temples was a historic event in the 1960's, when the Aswan Dam was constructed this temple would have been submerged by the waters of the newly created Lake Nasser, a massive undertaking moved the entire temple 90 meters up and some way behind its original position.

Construction of this complex temple start approximately 1284 BC, and lasted for circa 20 years, until 1264 BC, it known as temple of Ramses II beloved by Amun, it was one of six rocks temples erected in Nubia during the long reign of Ramses II, their purpose was to impress southern Egypt, and also to reinforce the status of Egyptian religion in the region.The complex consists of two temples, the large one is dedicated to Ra-Harakhty, Ptah and Amun, Egypt’s three state deities of the Time, and features four large statues of Ramses II in the façade, the smaller temple is dedicated to goddess Hathor, personified by Nefertari, Ramesses ‘s most beloved wife, in total the Pharaoh had some 200 wives and concubines.