The amazing, the extraordinary, the mystical Abu Simbel. The two temples at Abu
Simbel, close to the Egyptian border with the Sudan and were built for Pharaoh
Rameses II as a symbol of his power. He dedicated one to himself and one to his
The temples are actually carved out of the mountain on the west bank of the Nile,
and unbelievably, the whole thing was moved 60 metres to higher ground in the
1960's to prevent it from being flooded from a nearby dam.
Four colossal statues of Rameses himself, almost 70 feet high have been guarding
the entrance of his temple for over 3000 years. Each statue is accompanied by
smaller statues of the King's mother, Tuya, his wife Nefertari, and some of his
The splendour is not limited to the temple facade. Inside the temple
you will find yourself surrounded by more spectacular carvings until you come to
The Sacred Sanctuary, the innermost chamber of the temple where carvings of the
four gods of the Great Temple are enthroned.
Queen Nefertari's temple, the Temple of Hathor is fronted by four more statues of
Rameses and two statues of Nefertari, all flanked by smaller statues representing
Of the numerous awe-inspiring sights that the ancient Egyptians have left as their
legacy, being face to face with the colossal statues of Rameses must be the most
intimidating and spell-binding experience, and the sheer scale and majesty of the
temples at Abu Simbel have to be seen to be believed.