Visitors flocked around the ancient Abu Simbel temple in southern Egypt Aswan to witness the sun alignment phenomenon of the famous Nubian monument on Tuesday.
A timeless treasure, nearly lost forever. Without the UNESCO‘s unprecedented rescue operation, future generations might have only seen the stunning temples of Ramses II and Cleopatra in the pages of history books.
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Abu Simbel Temple is due to witness on Saturday a rare astronomical event which happens twice every year when the first rays of the morning sun illuminate the statue of King Ramses II.
Gazing up at the colossal statues of Ramses II, Lucas Aykroyd couldn’t help noticing that one 65-foot-tall carving’s head and torso were missing.
Visitors gathered to watch the sun illuminate the statues of King Ramses II and the deities Amun-Re and Re-Hur-Akhty in the inner sanctum of Egypt’s Abu Simbel temple…
If Abu Simbel had not been saved, places like Vienna’s Historic Centre, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and other Unesco World Heritage sites might only live on in history books.
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The Abu Simbel temples are two massive rock temples at Abu Simbel, Egypt.