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“The site is now artificial, but the temple has not lost its glory”

Abu Simbel Temple Complex
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Few tourists travel as far as Abu Simbel. I have to admit that visiting it was one of the dreams since my boyhood. Two temples have been preserved. Photographs are are best made in the early morning. Inside photographing is not permitted except if you pay for an expensive photo pass, but light is so poor that pictures will always be of poor quality. Do not forget visiting the museum roughly 700 meters from the temple complex in the direction of the village.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

It took over 3hrs from Luxor to get here from Luxor. You have to be here by 8am as anything after that and it’s too hot to be outside ... so bring a hat, water and sunscreen with you!!

You can buy tickets at the entrance - it’s an extra EGP300.00 to get a photography pass to take pictures inside the temples (well worth it as if you don’t the guards check and make you delete all pics if you don’t have one).

I’m not a spiritual person, but this site has an incredible energy and walking inside Ramses II Tomb is an incredible moment. Just imaging it with the colours on the wall, gold and gifts everywhere and the smell of perfumes leaves you in awe. The sheer scale and level of detail is mind boggling.

Queen Nefertari’s temple is a few minutes walk away and still very imposing - albeit smaller and more demure.

All-in-all it was amazing to see first hand these iconic temples and experience the genius of the Ancient Egyptians!!

2  Thank Duncan S
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

It took over 3 hours by bus to reach Abu Simbel. The carvings are amazing, both inside & outside. There are two temples there, the pharaoh and the queens. They moved the temples to save them from being flooded and the engineering feat was colossal, but knowing the mountain is not real spoiled the effect for me

Thank Yvonne B
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

It is located about 2 hrs drive from aswan.We ve been there in february but it was too hot although it was in winter. It is located by the lake and in fact the structure was cut into 1400 pieces and put in the place where it is now. the mountain like hill is not the real one. the real hill part is under the lake.Inside you can different hiearogliphs. worth seing! ou should spend 3 hours for a decent travel. caioovernight tours+201001759267 supplied us a real decent tavel.
ıf you py extra in the ticket office you can take pictures but if you dont pay you have to do it in a sneaky way and the officers can ask some bribe or dont allow you to take pictures.
over all this plase is a must to see.
resimledeki haykeller bara yapımında göl altında kalacağı için1400 civarında parçayta bölünerek yer ütüne taşınmış. tepe bölümü de sonradan yapılmış,gerçeği su altındadır. içteki hiyeroglifler ve dokuyu hissetmek için gidilmesi gereken noktalardandır. kışın gitmek daha iyi olabilir yazın 2 saatli çöl yolculuğu zor olacağından sabaha karşı 4-5 gibi yola çıkılıyor.yorucu olabilir. gidilmesi gereken önemli yerlerden.

Thank Ayhan T
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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

All very nice once you get there , but we had to get up at 04.00hrs to get there by 08.00hrs. It was hotter than hell and way too many bunches of tourists in their various ethnic groups all jostling for position prattling loudly and generally doing what mass tourism
tourists do.
Temple was fine, though after 8 days in Egypt am sort of all templed-out. Beware the temple “photo police”, who ambush you and forcefully check your camera for photos in a very brusque and annoying manner. A$25 to take photos of the hieroglyphs just adds insult to injury. Basically we had 7 hours on a bus in total to sweat your nethers off to get three crappy pictures that are all ruined by tourists intent on doing dumb things in front of the monuments.
had I known what I know now, I would have stayed in bed.....

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