Abu Simbel Temples safe after minor earthquake hits area 48 km northwest of Abu Simbel City; Mustafa Marie; Egypt Today
On March 11, the stations of the National Seismological Network of the National Institute for Astronomical Research recorded an earthquake 48 km northwest of Abu Simbel city, without affecting the archaeological area.
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.
The 3,200-year-old astronomical ceremony happens twice a year – every February 22 and October 22 – at dawn at Abu Simbel on the western bank of Lake Nasser in southern Egypt.