Abu Simbel TemplesCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Only accessible by flight or bus from Aswan.
- Many high-priced cafes on the road to the place.
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74.16% of people who visit Aswan include Abu Simbel Temples in their plan
05 AM - 06 AM
55.77% of people start their Abu Simbel Temples visit around 05 AM - 06 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Abu Simbel Temples
60.53% of people prefer walking in order to reach Abu Simbel Temples
People normally also visit Kalabsha Temple while planning their trip to Abu Simbel Temples.
No words top describe the majesty and craftsmanship of these ancient structures. The most amazing is the position of the sun on the King's face, which takes place once a year. A must see!!
I find it so amazing that they were able to move the structure flawlessly & recreate it higher off the shoreline. This was the first Temple I stepped foot inside of on my trip to Egypt and it was breathtaking! I'll say no more take the trip and go see for yourself!
3 hours ride in a lonely road through the desert. We got up at 3 a.m to get there around 7 a.m. And it was the best choice. It is everything you see and more the temples are in very good shape no photos inside are allowed but you can take as many as you want outside and of the artificial lake.
Although this is a long way from Aswan and you need an escort, it is well worth the time and effort to get to it. It's awesome. The size, scale and magnificence is to be seen. I have been there twice and would go again.
Amazing place. It is breathtaking. I would recommend to pay the photo allowed ticket, it is more than worthy.