Abu Simbel Temples, Aswan

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  • Address: Abu Simbel Temples, Aswan, Egypt
  • Timings: 06:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Ticket Price: 90 EGP
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Family And Kids
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About Abu Simbel Temples, Aswan

This is far, far removed from the rest of the attractions around Aswan and that lends a bit of a mystic touch to the place.

These temples are massive the biggest in Aswan. You might have seen a bit of them in the movie “The Mummy Returns” the temple with the four seated figures (they’re all Ramesses II). Built in the 13th century BC, the temples were erected by Ramesses II to impress the people south of Egypt  (this probably explains why its so far removed). A mere six centuries later, the temples had fallen into disuse and were well on their way to being submerged by sand. They were only rediscovered in the 19th century.

Legend has it that the name Abu simbel came from a simple local boy who guided the excavators to the site of the temples. To save the temples from the rising waters of the Nile due to the construction of the Aswan Dam, $40 million was spent relocating the complex to its current spot beside Lake Nasser. The whole transfer took 4 years and was one of the greatest engineering challenged of human history.

The Great Temple, considered to be one of the grandest and most beautiful in all of Egypt, is the one with the four colossal statues and is dedicated to Ramesses II. It was dedicated to Ramesses II, Amun, Ra-Horakhty, and Ptah. The smaller, but almost as impressive temple was dedicated to Neferthari, the Pharaoh’s chief wife and the god Hathor. There’s a fantastic solar phenomenon associated with the taller temple the axis of the temple was places such that 60 days before and 60 days after the solstice (on 22nd Oct and 22nd February), the rays of the sun would penetrate the temple and light up Ptah, the god of the underworld who other wise remained in darkness.

Abu Simbel Temples Information

  • Please have read about the temple and all that you’ll see before hand.
  • If you stay overnight, you can see the sound and light show.
  • You can stay over night at Abu Simbel.
  • Carry water.
  • Do not swim in Lake Nasser. Crocs.

Abu Simbel Temples Ticket Prices

  • LE 49 for students.
  • 60 LE for Sound & Light Showeach night at 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm in winter and 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm in summer.

How To reach Abu Simbel Temples by Public Transport

  • Only accessible by flight or bus from Aswan. 

Restaurants Near Abu Simbel Temples

  • Many high-priced cafes on the road to the place.

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Things to Know Before Visiting Abu Simbel Temples

  • 55.65% of people who visit Aswan include Abu Simbel Temples in their plan

  • 58.12% of people plan their visit to Abu Simbel Temples between 05 AM - 06 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Abu Simbel Temples

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92.62% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Abu Simbel Temples

People normally club together Abu Simble Airport and Temple Of Isis At Philae while planning their visit to Abu Simbel Temples.

People also prefer to start their day with Abu Simbel Temples.

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Abu Simbel Temples, Aswan Reviews

  • Truly awe-inspiring site. It takes a lot of travel to see a fairly small site, but well worth it, in my opinion. You can fly down from Aswan (or from Cairo via Aswan) in the morning, see the site, and fly back to Aswan in the afternoon. Or, you can drive down from Aswan and back the same day. You can also visit the site as part of a Lake Nasser ("Nile") cruise between Abu Simbel and Aswan. You can stay overnight in Abu Simbel, but there is not a lot to see or do, other than the Sound and Light show at the temples, which doesn't run every night.

  • This is an amazing place to visit! The fact that it had to be moved from the water and relocated is a fascinating piece of information. I had a guide who explained things really well. If you are wondering whether you should make the trek to see this, I would encourage you to do so. It was one of the highlights of my Egypt trip, and that includes the pyramids and the sphinx.

  • Absolutely fantastic! Would recommend the trip to anyone who loves stunning egyptian history. The view of Lake Nasser is a plus too

  • I visited the 2 temples and attended the sound and light. Fascinating... The place, the history, the cutting and moving of the temples.

  • It's beautiful but taking pictures inside the temples needs to buy ticket with 300 EG pound 😐

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