The Splendor of Abu Simbel
Trip Start Dec 31, 2008
8Trip End Jan 20, 2009
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We took an optional tour of the place and then learned that we could have hired a private guide at the hotel, fly on the same plane to and from the site as our fellow tour group members, and for a lower price!!! Anyway, no matter. One of the great things is flying in and seeing it, if you are on the correct side of the aircraft, from above.
The story of the present day site of Abu Simbel is unbelievable. In the 1960s, with the construction of the Aswan High Dam, it appeared that the temples of Abu Simbel were doomed to vanish beneath the rising waters of Lake Nasser
One can hardly believe that this wasn't the original site. This ancient wonder, with its huge guardian statues seemingly emerging from a cliff, and elaborate depictions of famous battles on the inner walls of Ramses’ Temple is certainly impressive. It has been said that this famed king was something of a narcissist--and we saw ample evidence of that here in the sheer number of objects depicting him, including a mammoth statue in which his head appears to support the weight of the entire temple.