Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A description for the Interior of the Great Temple at Abu Simbel


Massive statues of Ramses II adorn the pillared hall of the Great Temple at Abu Simbel. 

At the end we see the sanctuary of the temple. 

Of the four seated gods residing there we only discern two from this angle: Amun and the deified Ramses.

Interior of the Great Temple at Abu Simbel


This temple is the greatest of the seven rock-cut temples which Ramses constructed in Nubia in the 13th century BC. 

It was not seen by Europeans until the 19th century, when it was discovered by Burckhardt in 1813 and penetrated by Belzoni in 1817.


It was moved to higher ground during the construction of the Aswan High Dam in the 1960s, to avoid flooding by Lake Nasser.

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