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Abu Simbel Temple Complex
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Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Abu Simbel is just one of the greatest places in Egypt and probably the hole world.
The feeling when you see these 4 huge Ramesesse's statues in the entrance of the temple is indescribable. The inside walls full of hieroglyphs, the Nefertiti temple... is like submerging in the Pharaon's Age
Is a must go, with no doubts, when being in Egypt. Recommended to go early in the morning because of the high temperatures.

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Reviewed 18 August 2017

We flew from Cairo to Abu Simbel where a coach was waiting to take us to the temple. The interiors of the temples are amazing as are the gigantic statues in front of both temples. The temples are not as large as many others; however the hieroglyphics in the side rooms were very interesting. No photos are allowed inside.

Thank George O
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

Very difficult to imagine how workers built such a gigantic structure when no machinery was available.
Abu Simbel temple is a must visit.

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

If you are visiting Egypt and are fascinated by history, Abu Simbel should be on your list. It is farthest from Cairo, almost near Sudan border, but Air Egypt will take you there for a quick half day visit if that's all the time you have. From the airport, a short taxi ride will get you there. If you need, get a local guide to explain you the history -
they can't come with you inside the temples. Also, no photography is allowed, but people were taking pictures when security guard wasn't looking.

Two temples - main one for Ramses II and smaller one for his wife, were moved higher to this location when Lake Nasser was flooded. The interior is really impressive.

History of Abu Simbel - Allegedly, Swiss explorer Burckhardt was led to the site by a boy named Abu Simbel in 1813 AD and the site was later named after him. The temples were buried in sand up to the necks of the grand colossi. Before High Dam was built, both temples of Abu Simbel were dismantled and moved 213 feet up onto the plateau of the cliffs they once sat below and re-built 690 feet to the north-west of their original location. Why is that important?

Solar alignment - It is believed that the original axis of the temple was positioned by ancient Egyptian architects in such a way that on October 21 and February 21, rays of the sun would penetrate the sanctuary and illuminate the sculptures on the back wall, except for the statue of Ptah, a god connected with the Underworld, who always remained in the dark. These dates are allegedly the king's birthday and coronation day, respectively - but in reality, it could be for some other great event. Due to the displacement of the temple and/or the accumulated drift of the Tropic of Cancer during the past 3280 years, it is widely believed that each of these two events has moved one day closer to the Solstice, so they would occur on October 22 and February 20. We were about a month away from the date.

Where there are people in photos, you can get a feel for how large the statues are in comparison.

Thank Jayant K
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

If you exchanged any money in Egypt you would know this famous temple as it is printed on the 1 Pound , it's a long trip to get to there ,but I promise you it's worth it

Thank MoeEwidah
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