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There are many corners in this round world that quietly support poems in stone. Grand structures that are in alignment with stars, and planets have been built with the imagination of great humans.

The temple of Abu Simbel in Egypt is one such marvel, and every year it hosts tourists from around the world who participate in the Sun Festival.

Few things humble you more than the sight of Gods being lit up with the first rays of light

Few things humble you more than the sight of Gods being lit up with the first rays of light

What To Expect At The Abu Simbel Festival

Apart from the perfect harmony between solstice and man, the Abu Simbel Sun Festival is marked with song and dance performances outside the temple entrance. It is a fantastic experience of the Nubian culture. Stunning sunrises are also one of the major highlights

The Marvel That Awaits You In Southern Egypt

Colossal statues, 65 feet long, guard the Sun temple of Abu Simbel near Lake Nasser. Every year, on two specific days (22nd February and 22nd October), the rays that light up Egypt, first light up this temple. Thousands of tourists line-up outside to witness 10 minutes of pure magic as the sunlight slowly falls up-to 30 metres into the temple.

Egyptian gods of the living world (Amun-Ra, Ra-Horakhty, and Ramesses II) can be seen in this beautiful light, while the God of Underworld (Ptah) remains shrouded in darkness.

Abu Simbel Sun Festival

A glimpse of the magic that awaits you at the Abu Simbel Sun Festival; telegraph.co.uk

The Legend Behind This Astonishing Sight

Ramesses II or Ramesses, the Great was one such man. He lived to turn 90 and was one of the most influential pharaohs known. He takes credit for being one of the longest-reigning king in Egypt, and one of the main reasons for this is probably his military genius. He had a way of immortalising his achievements through architecture. Abu Simbel is a testament to this.

Built along the southern frontier on a barren and lonely land, it showed travellers what a rich and powerful nation it stood on, and warned likely invaders of what they were up against.

Ramesses II, one of the greatest pharaohs and generals to have ruled in Egypt

Ramesses II, one of the greatest pharaohs and generals to have ruled in Egypt

How To Get There

Abu Simbel is reached from Aswan, in southern Egypt. A flight takes around one hour from Aswan (but this is not very convenient), while road travel takes 3-4 hours (quite a scenic drive). There is also the option of a cruise from Aswan to Abu Simbel across the Nasser Lake.

 

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