Abu Simbel TemplesCurrently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
- 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
Abu Simbel Temples - Review
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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Abu Simbel Temples, Aswan Reviews
You won’t understand the grandness of this place until and unless you reach near the temple . The beautiful lake near the temple makes it more beautiful. As I have told you in my earlier reviews of different places of Egypt that avoid Egypt in summers . You will get massive sun burns . You will really enjoy this place if visited during October - March . Take a guide who can tell you the history of this place . There are local shops outside the temple . They are costly and you can do proper bargaining!
Kind of a Must if you're already in Aswan. Try to arrive the earliest possible without guides (or a private guide) and you will enjoy it without any crowds. I got lucky to be the first and only person there for a good 15min (arrived at 6am)
Be careful taking pics inside. Be discreet. If other people are taking pics you might want to take a few quickly. I had a staff inside the temple who grabbed my phone, I didn't let go and i grabbed it and walked away quickly. They'll ask you for a tip and may ask you to delete photo from phone - just delete it and walk away. You can take more later or visit the near by site and go back to take one. If staff see your phone in your hand and as you exit they say "phone in hand" that means they want tip. Walk away. Ignore it. The temple is beautiful and see the night light and sound show. I went at 6.30pm. Egyptian people are friendly and bizarre at times but funny bizarre, They're just trying to make a living as it's a poor country. Everyone in Egypt will ask for a tip, kindly smile and walk away. Don't make eye contact. Remember students only get discount if you're under 30yrs old meaning of you're 29yrs old not 30.
Amazing what was built so long ago. When it was moved they did a great job. Only complaint is that the interior lighting could be improved.
Absolutely an incredible temple to visit. It was completely relocated decades ago when Nasser lake was filled, as a UNESCO project. The temple is in great shape even though it's thousands of years old, probably because it was carved into rock instead of being a free standing temple. Probably my favorite temple in Egypt that I visited.
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