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This morning we elected to take an optional tour to see the famous Abu Simbel Temple.
Our flight took about an hour and then we walked around the walkways of the complex to see
the magnificent temples down on the river frontage. The main temple was built by Ramses 11
and it was carved out of a sandstone cliff. The huge facade has ancient figures carved into the front
of the temple that describe people and cultures of a time long gone. The hypostyle Hall has is supported by
large columns that lead to the 4 statues of the Gods. Once a year the light shines in on them and lights 3
but not the statue of Ptah. The other smaller temple was built for Nefertari, the King's wife but dedicated to
the Goddess Hathor. The most incredible thing about the temples of Abu Simbel is that the whole structure
was moved in 1968 so that the Nile would not destroy this wonderful heritage. Many countries contributed to
this project as it is an incredible world heritage site.
Here are some pictures to show the wonderful carvings inside the temple and the detailed artwork that can be
found on the walls. The last image shows how the temple was dismantled and rebuilt to preserve its valuable history.