Abu Simbel Temples, Aswan

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Abu Simbel Temples, Aswan - Address, Ticket Price

Address: Abu Simbel Temples, Aswan, Egypt

Ticket Price: 90 EGP

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

Timings: 06:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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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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  • The Abu Simbel temples are two massive rock temples at Abu Simbel, a village in Nubia, southern Egypt, near the border with Sudan. They are situated on the western bank of Lake Nasser, about 230 km southwest of Aswan (about 300 km by road). Started early in the morning, had a long drive through the deserts to this place - and at the end the you get to see this unique massive beauty. Due to security reasons, you are allowed to travel in groups only and that too with police convoy leading the way. Come, experience this UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Nubian Monuments".

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  • These two toms of Ramses II and Nefertari are unbelievable. Though not in the original site, both tombs are in excellent condition and well kept/preserved. No cameras allowed inside these tombs and one must go to see from their very own eyes the wonder of these two Egyptian treasures or may I say marvels.

  • This is a "must visit" place and most beautiful among all the temples. Very impressive paintings. But you are not allowed take photos inside. Its a long ride from Aswan. But it is absolutely worth to visit..

  • In my opinion, it's a must see venue but understand that it is a little out of the way. But it is a very beautiful structure to behold (both of them)

  • What else to say? Makes you wonder how people back in the time hauled tons of stone one on top of the other while maintaining structural integrity and shape made these statues. Learning about the history while looking at the marvellous statues.

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