About Abu Simbel Temple
The Great Temple of Ramses II was carved out of the west bank of the Nile south of Aswan some time around 1250 BC by order of Ramses the Great. The temple is dedicated to the gods Ra, Harakhty, Amun & Ptah, and of course, to Ramses himself!
Over the centuries the temple was buried by the desert sands until it was rediscovered in 1813.
The temple complex (there is a smaller temple right next to Ramses' temple which is dedicated to his favourite wife Nefertari) was threatened by the waters of the Nile when the river was dammed in the 1960s so a team of experts were commissioned by the UN to relocate the temple to higher ground. It now sits in a commanding position overlooking the waters of Lake Nasser.
The temple is very well preserved.
First To Review: Vincent G.
Oct 28, 2008
The Temples of Abu Simbel are amongst the most interesting Pharaonic Temples. Located close to the southern border with the Sudan, it is 280 km south of Aswan and consists of two, rock-cut Temples, which both date back to the reign of King Ramses II (1290-1223 BC). Unfortunately these unique Temples suffered from the raising water of Lake Nasser while the High Dam was being built. Other countries, with the help of UNESCO, assisted Egypt to help save them. The two Temples were cut in to many pieces, and then they were reconstructed again on a site 65m higher than the original location, and 200m back inland, to escape the rising water level. This great rescue operation began in June 1964 and finished in September 1968.The first Temple was built by King Ramses II and is dedicated to the God Re-Hor-Akhty, Amon, Ptah, and King Ramses II as a deified King. Its façade is 35m long and 30m high. The façade has four seated colossi of the King; each one is 20m tall and represents the King seated on his throne wearing the double crown, accompanied by 3 small figures of his wives, daughters and sons flanking his legs. Above the entrance stands the figure of Re-Hor-Akhty, while near to the summit of the façade there are number of baboons. Inside the Temple there is a hall, supported by Osirid shaped pillars which were cut into the rock, with walls that are decorated by battle and offering scenes. There are some side rooms leading from the hall, which are also decorated with various scenes. At the far end of the Temple is the sanctuary, which contains four statues; Re-Hor-Akhty, Amon-Re, Ptah and the deified Ramses II.
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Nov 18, 2008
Abu Simbel is extraordinary and worth the long drive from Aswan! It's even more impressive when you realize that everything was cut into blocks and seamlessly repositioned on higher ground! It was a feat of engineering to construct in the first place, and then again centuries later to move it! :)
Abu Simbel lies on the banks of Lake Nasser and the view is quite beautiful. The temples themselves are incredible, so take your time wandering around. Definitely start in the Temple of Hathor to beat the crowds, then move on to the Temple of Ramses II. You'll be blown away when you go inside.
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Jul 1, 2008
Si se encuentran en el Cairo, podrán tomar un tren que cuesta al rededor de 40 dólares hasta Aswan, si no mal recuerdo. Es un tren turístico que incluye cena, desayuno y cama. Una vez en Aswan encontrará gente que le ofrecerán el servicio para visitar la zona arqueológica de Abu Simbel. Puede parecer algo costoso, ya que el recorrido hasta esa zona se realiza con autos particulares en un solo grupo y un sólo horario al día. Pero bien vale la pena pagar para conocer. Te ofrecen 2 horas para visitar los dos templos y comprar souvenirs. Tal vez ese sea el único problema, el tiempo. Hay otro paquete donde puedes tomar un pequeño paseo en ferri dentro del tramo del Nilo que por ahí pasa, y también visitar las ruinas. Supongo será un poco más caro. Giza, Luxor y Abu Simbel son sin duda puntos escenciales que no puedes dejar de visitar si vas a Egipto.
Aug 26, 2010
There are two massive rock temples in Nubia, southern Egypt on the western bank of Lake Nasser about 230 km southwest of Aswan. The complex is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Nubian Monuments," which run from Abu Simbel downriver to Philae. The Great Temple at Abu Simbel, which took about twenty years to build, was completed around year 24 of the reign of Rameses the Great (which corresponds to 1265 BCE). It was dedicated to the gods Amun, Ra-Horakhty, and Ptah, as well as to the deified Rameses himself. It is generally considered the grandest and most beautiful of the temples commissioned during the reign of Rameses II, and one of the most beautiful in Egypt.
May 1, 2010
Abu Simbel is best known for its two magnificent temples that were originally carved out of solid rock on a mountainside way back in the 13th century BC. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, they are known as the Nubian Monuments and dedicated to the great deities of the day Ra-Horakhty or Horus, Ptah and Amun. They were built to honour the great pharaoh Ramses II and his wife Nefertari.
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