Abu Simbel: A must see!!!
Trip Start Jun 29, 2009
44Trip End Aug 18, 2009
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We paid 70EE for the bus ride there and back (6 hours in total), I think we got a free breakfast with it. We left at 4am and got to Abu Simbel at 7am. Then we were allowed 2 hours to explore and then we had to be back on our bus at 9am sharp! The entrance fee was 90 EE and again they don't accept student cards here
The 2 temples were constructed in the 13th Century BC by Ramesses II for himself and his wife Nefertari. In ancient times it was known as "Temple of Ramesses, beloved by Amun." Over time the temples became unused and were forgotten about. The desert crept over the temples and sand covered them both. Forgotten. Lost forever. Until it was rediscovered in 1813. I am so glad it was because both temples inside and outside are impressive. I love stories like this. And I wonder if there are more hidden gems in the desert?!
Abu Simbel had to be relocated because of the Aswan Dam. They found a higher place for the temples and rock by rock they relocated and reconstructed the temple. I mighty feet that is for sure!