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    Abu Simbil - Two Temples

    June 15, 2015 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    These two temples are incredible! The Great Temple of Ramesses II is on the left and the Small Temple of Nefertari is on the right.

    The Abu Simbel temples are two massive rock temples at Abu Simbel (أبو سمبل in Arabic), a village in Nubia, southern Egypt, near the border with Sudan. They are situated on the western bank of Lake Nasser, about 230 km southwest of Aswan (about 300 km by road).

    The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari, to commemorate his victory at the Battle of Kadesh.

    The complex was relocated in its entirety in 1968, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Damreservoir. The relocation of the temples was necessary to avoid their being submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser, the massive artificial water reservoir formed after the building of the Aswan High Dam on the Nile River.

    The temples were incredible inside, once again we weren't able to take photos inside. The walls were lined with pictures carved into the wall and painted.
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