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Abu Simbel Temples | أبو سنبل‎
Aswan, Egypt

Abu Simbel, site of two temples built by the Egyptian king Ramses II (reigned 1279–13 BCE), now located in Aswan (governorate),

southern Egypt.

 

In ancient times the area was at the southern frontier of pharaonic Egypt, facing Nubia. The four colossal statues of Ramses in front of the main temple are spectacular examples of ancient Egyptian art.

 

By means of a complex engineering feat in the 1960s, the temples were salvaged from the rising waters of the Nile River caused by erection of the Aswan High Dam.

Ramses II Head of a colossal statue of Ramses second at the entrance to the main temple at Abu Simbel, near Aswān, Egypt.