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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Journey into the Abu Simbel Temples ...

Located near the border between Egypt and Sudan, an approximately 167 miles form Aswan, you would find the Abu Simbel Temples. Abu Simbel temples comprise of two temples that were built by Ramesses II for himself and for his wife, Nefertari. In fact, he was the only pharaoh that had built a temple dedicated for his queen.

What so special about these temples you ask ... Well..they were carved out from two big solid rocks. Check them out!

Temple built for Ramses II

Temple built for Nefertari, Ramses II's queen

During the year when the Egyptian built the high dam, the Abu Simbel temples were at the risk of being submerged in the water, so the UNESCO and Egyptian government have joined effort in relocating the temples to their current location, Philae island --piece by piece. Um ... who says that you can't move a mountain? --Well almost, two huge rocks were disassembled, moved then reassembled back like their original, almost!

Abu Simbel temples after the move

Philae island
The front of the temple

Hope you enjoy this journey visiting the Abu Simbel Temples and wish you a nice weekend!

Until next stop,
Journey of Life


  1. It's amazing that they were able to relocate those temples! Loved the pictures. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Indeed. I heard that when I was there, and before I put them into writing, I had to double check with my girl then internet to make sure that I was informing you all the right stuff --simply unbelievable.

  2. Wow! I had no idea how detailed those temples are! Your pictures are always so great. i am learning a lot, as I didn't realize about their relocation. Talk about a lot of work!
    Have a great holiday weekend!

    1. Thank you, Winnie and I hope you had a wonderful long weekend.