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Abu-Simbel temple in Egypt photo

In spite of its remoteness from all tourist centers Abu Simbel is daily visited by hundreds of tourists. They want to see two most magnificent temples of ancient Egyptian civilization, which importance can be equal only to that of the Great Pyramids of Giza. The temple complex of Abu Simbel was constructed by Ramses II approximately in 1250 B. C., so they are over three thousand years old.

Abu Simbel is on the territory of today`s Egypt bordering with Sudan. But notwithstanding this rather risky neighbourhood, Abu Simbel trip is quite safe and you are bound to visit it if you are really interested in Egyptian culture.

Originally, Abu Simbel was a small Egyptian village, however, relocation of these temples allowed it to have an airfield daily receiving flights from the larger cities of Egypt (including Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada). Since plane is the most convenient way of visiting Abu Simbel. You should reserve 2 days for the trip. The city has enough various hotels and guest houses, so that you would have no problems with accommodation.

Bus is the other more widespread way of visiting Abu Simbel by bus from Aswan. Every day tourists order tours to the temple complex. T By 5-6 in the morning convoy of buses is made up in the south of Aswan, and the buses are guarded by a squad of soldiers. You are given 2 hours to visit the temples, and around 14 in the afternoon the buses start back to Aswan.

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Great Temple at Abu Simbel built by Ramesses II the Great
Giant statues at the Abu Simbel temple: those of Amun-Ra, Ptah, Ra-Harahte and the one of pharaoh Ramesses II.
Hypostyle hall of the Abu Simbel temple.
Sanctuary of the Abu Simbel temple.
Far chamber of the sanctuary with the seated statues of Egyptian deities and the pharaoh.
Small Temple at Abu Simbe is devoted to Hathor and was erected to commemorate Nefertari, the wife of Ramesses II.
Sanctuary of the Hathor Temple at Abu Simbel
Female faces of sculptures carved in the small temple of Hathor at Abu Simbel
Right statue is the one of Ramesses II
According to historians, the 20 meters stone statue strongly resembles the pharaoh Ramesses II
At the feet of the deities and the pharaoh one can see the statues of the pharaoh servitors
"Small" statue of Ramesses II wife Nefertari, reaching the height of 4 meters, is at the feet of the pharaoh
Statue of Ramesses II is much bigger than the one of his wife Nefertari
Sculptures of small Egyptian deities at the feet of the pharaoh and the three Great Gods
Bas-reliefs on the sides of the Great Pylon tell about the victories of Ramesses II
Bas-relief on the right side of the Great Temple at Abu Simbel
European tourists left their inscriptions at Abu Simbel and the oldest one reads Ā«Lecaros 1875"
Another tourist visited Abu Simbel in 1878 and left the corresponding inscription - "Salvatore Piage 1878"
Statues at the Small Temple of Hathor
Sculpture of the falcon god, Horus, in the Small Temple at Abu Simbel
There is also a statue of Nefertari in the Small Temple at Abu Simbel
Bas-relief depicting the slaves from Nubia, which were brought to Egypt
Twin temples at Abu Simbel, the Great and Small Ones
Bas-reliefs on the wall of the Great Temple
Bas-reliefs on the wall of the Great Temple telling about the deads of the pharaoh
Back side of the hill where the Abu Simbel temple is located
Abu Simbel temple is located on the shore of Nasser Lake
Wild ducks flying over Nasser Lake to the south in Sudan
Border of Sudan is behind these mountains, which are 10 kilometers from here
Desert of 300 kilometers is between Aswan and Abu Simbel