Egypt’s Abu Simbel Temples

Abu Simbel Temples
Abu Simbel Temples at Night
  • What are the exact coordinates of the famous temples of Abu Simbel?

  • She outlined the critical events that led to the temples of Abu Simbel.

  • Parts of Abu Simble’s temples that many people think are among the most important things left at the site.

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Even though most people come to Egypt to see the Pyramids of Giza, the Temples of Abu Simbel are a close second. You might find these old things close to Lake Nasser.

On the shores of Lake Nasser are the Temple of Ramses II, known as the “Great Builder,” and the Temple of Nefertari, the pharaoh’s favorite wife. Everyone agrees that it is one of the best places to visit in Egypt.

Here’s where it is:

Abu Simbel is close to Lake Nasser and takes a little more than three hours to drive from Aswan. But you can fly from Cairo to Abu Simbel without stopping.

Contextual information first

Abu Simbel Temples
Abu Simbel Temples relocation

Each of the four statues is more than 65 feet tall and looks amazingly like the Pharaoh. They also have the symbol of the uraeus, which is related to the god Osiris and is sometimes called the cobra emblem, as well as the crowns of Upper and Lower Egypt.

The four colossi were used as load-bearing pillars against which the massive strain of the rock mass behind was spread out evenly. This solved the main problem with the complex’s stability, and the suggested solution worked. So, building the building went off without a hitch (as shown in the picture Temples of Abu Simbel).

An inscription thanks to many enslaved people whose work helped make the Temple’s front look nice. Playa, the head sculptor at the Temple, told the enslaved people what to do. Above the part of the roof showing Uraei can be seen a high-relief strip with twenty-two sitting baboons, each about eight feet tall. These baboons look like they are sitting. The ring-shaped molding holds the picture in place.

Even a long time ago, earthquakes were always the leading cause of damage to the Temple. This shows how weak the Temple is against the power of the elements to break it down.

During the time of Ramses, two of the Colossi were destroyed, and they were later fixed by Seti II, who also set the third Colossus.

The top half of the second level fell in the 34th year of Ramses’ rule, and it has stayed that way ever since. The decline is still going on.

The most powerful Pharaoh in ancient Egypt built the rock temple of Abu Simbel as a sign of his power and love of pleasure. Abu Simbel is in what is now Jordan, and Egypt’s Abu Simbel is where you can see the Temple.

A monument was built to honor Ramses II the Great, the Pharaoh who ruled Egypt for 67 years and oversaw the building of the Temple. The Temple was built during his rule, and the “big three” Egyptian gods, Amen-Ra, Harmakhis, and Ptah, were worshipped there.

The walls of the many rooms are covered with hundreds and hundreds of pictures of the Pharaoh in many different stages of his life, from a young child to a loving husband and father, a brave commander, and a heavenly king.

The following is a list of some of Abu Simble’s most outstanding accomplishments:

Abu Simbel Temples
Inside Abu Simbel Temples

The giants on the right wear the Pshent, while the giants on the left wear the white crown of Upper Egypt (double height).

The Heka and the Nekhaka, signs of power and leadership, were worn around the giants’ necks like necklaces.

Most of the art shows Pharaoh V’s successful military campaign against the Hittites at the Battle of Kadesh, which happened in the fifth year of his reign.

Nearly all the pictures show the king or queen offering people sacrifices to different gods. The bas-relief of the Pharaoh holding his bow and riding in his war chariot is a beautiful piece of art.
Six more storage rooms, three on each side, were built around this central room.

There is a second hypostyle chamber on each side of the Pronaos. Four square columns hold this one, and the walls are covered with pictures of the Pharaoh worshipping different gods.
The sacrarium, 215 feet from the main entrance and deep into the mountain, is the most complex and inaccessible part of the Temple.

It is the part of the Temple that not many people go to and is the farthest away.

The 13-by-23-foot room is full of statues of gods like Amun-Ra, Harmakhis, Ptah, Rameses II, and others.

On the winter and summer solstices, the sun rises right over Amun-left Ra’s shoulder at 5:58 am. These things happen twice a year.

The monarchy doesn’t get much attention in the movie. Instead, it’s about the “sun miracle” at Harmakhis.

Since Ptah is worshipped as the Lord of Darkness, the statue of the ultimate god must never be in the sun.

The three gods of the Temple come to life between February 10 and October 21. This is when sunlight hits the Temple’s axis for the first time in thirty years, thanks to Rameses II.

The second significant event was the Temple’s first jubilee, which happened 30 years after it was finished during the reign of Rameses II. In Rameses II’s second year as king, this took place.

To keep the artificial Lake Nasser from flooding the temples of Abu Simbel, they may need to be taken apart and put back together at a higher level. The method in question is called “deconstruction and rebuilding.”

The Temple was broken down into 807 blocks that each weighed about 20 tonnes. These blocks were then put back together on a vast reinforced concrete frame, and this was done to save money.

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