Egypt — Abu Simbel

It’s a three-hour bus ride from Aswan to Abu Simbel. As we left at 4am, the bus convoy of all the tourists arrive at 7am. The twin temples of Abu Simbel were originally carved out of a mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari, to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh, and to intimidate his Nubian neighbors. However, the complex was relocated in its entirety in 1968, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir. The relocation of the temples was necessary to avoid their being submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser, the massive artificial water reservoir formed after the building of the Aswan High Dam on the Nile River.

Photos taken December 2010 (Fuji FinePix S9000).

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