Abu Simbel Temple Complex, Abu Simbel

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The power of one of the most iconic pharaohs remains evident at Abu Simbel Temple Complex, a pair of colossal temples forming part of a World Heritage Site. Consisting of the Great Temple and the Small Temple, the complex was built during the reign of Ramses II in the 13th century BCE. The complex was meant to honor the gods and, in no small part, Ramses himself. Several colossi of the long-ruling pharaoh represent highlights of the temple complex, which was entirely relocated in 1968 to prevent damage by the construction of an artificial lake. Using our international travel planner, Abu Simbel attractions like Abu Simbel Temple Complex can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Reached out to EMO and asked for a tour of Abu Simbal. This place is fantastic, and worth the long drive from Aswan (2.5 hours one way). Hanaa was our guide. Extremely knowledgeable and very good...  more »
  • Where should I start? The fact that the ancients built this place so that on one day each year the sun shone down a tunnel onto a specific statue or that a few thousand years later we dug the whole...  more »
  • It is one of the most spectacular buildings in Egypt. The complex is composed of several buildings among which the Temple of Ramses II stands out, a real symbol of Egypt thanks to its impressive facade composed of four statues of 20 meters high that were carved directly on the rock, as well as the four seated statues of the deified Pharaoh Ramses II that decorate it.
  • Very quiet in late 2020. A 3 hour drive from Aswan but for me it was worth it. Such a spectacle and the whole story of the move is absolutely mind blowing. Loved it!

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