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Ancient Egypt.
Abu Simbel.

Near Aswan, Egypt.

George & Eve DeLange.

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In 1968 the two speos of Ramesses II and Nefertari were cut into 1,036 sections, straightened, dismantled, and reconstructed on an artificial cliff of a rocky outcrop of the Lybian Mountain which overlooks the Nile River. The original site was completely submerged following the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

After the visit to the temples, the tourist will note a small door to the right of the four massive statues of Ramses. Passing through this doorway takes the visitor inside the artificial mountain built to house the temples. This quiet, echoing air-conditioned chamber is perhaps the oddest sight of all at Abu Simbel.

Its facade (108 feet high & 125 feet wide) contains four colossal statues of Ramesses II facing the east. The facade of the Temple of Nefertari has the same theme as the royal colossus of Ramesses II, which alternates with statues of his first queen Nefertari, in the guise of Hathor-Satis, and their children. On 22 February and 22 October, of each year, sunlight illuminates each sanctuary of both temples!

The temples were built by Rameses II between 1279 and 1213 B.C to celebrate his domination of Nubia, and his piety to the gods, mainly Amun-Re, Ra-Horakhty and Ptah, as well as his own deification.

There are some interesting solar alignments that can be observed at the temple. The interior of the temple is inside the sandstone cliff in the form of a man-made cave cut out of the rock. It consists of a series of halls and rooms extending back a total of 185 feet from the entrance. As you walk to the rear of the temple you come to the Holiest of Holies located at the back wall, where you will find four statues in left to right order of: Ptah, Amun-Ra, King Ramses II, and Ra-Harakhty. This temple is unique, since the sun shines directly on the Holiest of Holies on two days of each year: February 21, the king's birthday, and October 22, the date of his coronation.

This site is on the United Nations World Heritage Site list.

The Cairo International Airport (IATA: CAI, ICAO: HECA) is the busiest airport in Egypt and is located to the north-east of the city around 15 km from the business area of the city.

Cairo International is the second busiest airport in Africa with over 65 airlines using the Cairo airport (including charter airlines) and 9 cargo airlines. With the assimilation of EgyptAir into Star Alliance in July 2008 the airport has the potential to be a major hub with its positioning between Africa, the Middle East and Europe. In 2008, the airport served 14,360,175 passengers and it is one of the top 100 airports in the world.

The airport handles both domestic and international flights, and is open 24 hours a day.

We suggest flying into Cairo and staying in one of their many fine hotels when touring the Cairo and the ruins in the surrounding areas.

We have links on this page that will connect you with flights into Cairo and several of the best hotels in Cairo.

After getting a flight and a hotel we suggest asking your hotel concierge to arrange either a car or a tour of Abu Simbel or the Cairo area. If you wish to go from Cairo to Abu Simbel; you can call their Concierge Services ahead of your arrival, all of this can be pre-arranged for you.

If you wish to fly to Abu Simbel; the local Abu Simbel Airport (IATA: ABS, ICAO: HEBL) is reached by flying in from either Cairo, Aswan, or Luxor.

We do this, when traveling in Egypt. It is safe and it works!!! We have never experienced a problem, doing it this way!

Therefore, we have placed links to Priceline.com on this page so you can arrange your flights into and out of Cairo; as well as your hotel, when visiting this area.

Back Sanctuary Dedicated To Ptah, Amun-Ra, King Ramses II, and Ra-Harakhty. Abu Simbel Egypt Ruins Photos, Pictures, Information.
Back Sanctuary Dedicated To:
Ptah, Amun-Ra, Deified King Ramses II, and Ra-Harakhty.
Left To Right Order.
The 'Small Temple' Of Abu Simbel Egypt. Photos, Pictures, Information.
The "Small Temple" Of Abu Simbel, Egypt.

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Leaving The Bus
We Follow A Trail
To These
Artificial Hills.
We Notice
A Large Door To
Inside Abu Simbels
Artificial Mountain!
Door Into Abu Simbel Artificial Hills. Abu Simbel Egypt Ruins Travels And Tours Photos, Pictures, Images, Descriptions, Information, & Reviews.Inside Abu Simbel Artificial Hills And Cliffs. Abu Simbel Egypt Ruins Travels And Tours Photos, Pictures, Images, Descriptions, Information, & Reviews.
Where Does It Lead?
Sure Not
Much To See!
Here's What
Is Inside!
What Is
This All About?
George DeLange At The Great Temple Of Abu Simbel. Abu Simbel Egypt Ruins Travels And Tours Photos, Pictures, Images, Descriptions, Information, & Reviews.Small Temple Of Abu Simbel. Abu Simbel Egypt Ruins Travels And Tours Photos, Pictures, Images, Descriptions, Information, & Reviews.
Wow!
The "Great Temple"
Of Abu Simbel
On The Other Side
Of The Hill!
And The
"Small Temple"
Of Abu Simbel
On The Other Side
Of The Hill!
Cartouche Of Ramses II. Abu Simbel Egypt Ruins Travels And Tours Photos, Pictures, Images, Descriptions, Information, & Reviews.Temple Of Hathor Dedicated To Nefertari. Abu Simbel Egypt Ruins Travels And Tours Photos, Pictures, Images, Descriptions, Information, & Reviews.
The "Great Temple"
Cartouches Of Ramses II
At Center
"Small Temple"
Or The "Temple
Of Hathor
Dedicated To Nefertari"
Small Temple Statues. Abu Simbel Egypt Ruins Travels And Tours Photos, Pictures, Images, Descriptions, Information, & Reviews.Inside Small Temple Dedicated To Hathor. Abu Simbel Egypt Ruins Travels And Tours Photos, Pictures, Images, Descriptions, Information, & Reviews.
The Six Statues
Are Ten Meters Tall
Nefertari Is
The Only Queen To
Be On A Temple
The Same Size
As Pharaoh!
Inside Is
Simple Interior Dedicated
To Hathor With
Six Hathor Pillers
Back Sanctuary
Dedicated To Hathor
& Nefertari;
Picture Below.
Hathor Pillars. Abu Simbel Egypt Ruins Travels And Tours Photos, Pictures, Images, Descriptions, Information, & Reviews.Hathor Pillar. Abu Simbel Egypt Ruins Travels And Tours Photos, Pictures, Images, Descriptions, Information, & Reviews.
Close Up
Of Hathor Pillars
Close Up
Of Hathor Pillars

Audrey DeLange At The Colossi Of Ramses II or 2. Abu Simbel Egypt Ruins Travels And Tours Photos, Pictures, Images, Descriptions, Information, & Reviews. George DeLange At The Head And Chest Colossus Of Ramses II or 2. Abu Simbel Egypt Ruins Travels And Tours Photos, Pictures, Images, Descriptions, Information, & Reviews. Colossi Of Ramses II or 2 With Nefertari. Abu Simbel Egypt Ruins Travels And Tours Photos, Pictures, Images, Descriptions, Information, & Reviews.
Audrey DeLange
And Three Of
The Colossi
Of Ramses II
Boy, These
Colossi Are Big!
Here's The
Head & Chest Of
The Second Colossus!
Third Ramses II
Colossus
With Wife Nefertari
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Inside The
Great Temple
Left Side
Of Pronaos
With Eight
Osiris Pillars
Inside The
Great Temple
Center Of Pronaos
With Sanctuary
In Rear
Inside The
Great Temple
Right Side Of Pronaos
With Eight
Osiris Pillars
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People Cleared Out &
We Can See
The Pronaos
Eight Osiris Pillars
Sanctuary In Rear
General View
Of Sanctuary
Close Up Ptah,
Amun-Ra
Deified Ramses II,
& Ra-Harakhty.
Nefertari As Hathor. Abu Simbel Egypt Ruins Travels And Tours Photos, Pictures, Images, Descriptions, Information, & Reviews. Small Sanctuary Abu Simbel. Abu Simbel Egypt Ruins Travels And Tours Photos, Pictures, Images, Descriptions, Information, & Reviews. Nefertari Small Hathor Statues. Abu Simbel Egypt Ruins Travels And Tours Photos, Pictures, Images, Descriptions, Information, & Reviews.
Small Temple
Pharaoh
Honoring Nefertari
Dressed As Hathor
Small Temple
A Small Sanctuary
In Back
Small Temple
Sanctuary,
Nefertari Between
Statues Of Hathor

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