Abu Simbel Temple Complex, Abu Simbel

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The power of one of the most iconic pharaohs remains evident at Abu Simbel Temple Complex, a pair of colossal temples forming part of a World Heritage Site. Consisting of the Great Temple and the Small Temple, the complex was built during the reign of Ramses II in the 13th century BCE. The complex was meant to honor the gods and, in no small part, Ramses himself. Several colossi of the long-ruling pharaoh represent highlights of the temple complex, which was entirely relocated in 1968 to prevent damage by the construction of an artificial lake. Using our international travel planner, Abu Simbel attractions like Abu Simbel Temple Complex can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The 2-temple complex was extraordinary, but it is a small site "in the middle of nowhere" - a 3-hour drive or 30-minute flight, each way from Luxor. Therefore, you will need to either leave very... 
    The 2-temple complex was extraordinary, but it is a small site "in the middle of nowhere" - a 3-hour drive or 30-minute flight, each way from Luxor. Therefore, you will need to either leave very...  more »
  • What a monument. Huge, and the move from lower area that was going to flood from the Aswan Dam was done very expertly. 
    What a monument. Huge, and the move from lower area that was going to flood from the Aswan Dam was done very expertly.  more »
  • I absolutely loved this place and it was worth coming so far south to see and experience it. had a great chat with the ticket staff in the office who were so kind and gave me a cold drink which i... 
    I absolutely loved this place and it was worth coming so far south to see and experience it. had a great chat with the ticket staff in the office who were so kind and gave me a cold drink which i...  more »
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  • Well worth the short flight down from Aswan. Arrive a good 45 to 60 mins before dawn and stand back. The beauty of the temples in the red tinged morning sunlight is breathtaking. The best time for photos is early morning or evening as the overhead direct sunlight bleaches the monuments and you lose all the detail. If you're in to Egyptian history then this is a must on your list of places to visit. It's spectacular.
  • Great place! Is must see in Aswan. Is 3h far from Aswan (one way). Is really hot there so be prepared. 240 E£ for a foreigner. Has a lot of places to buy souvenirs, or water.
  • The most impressive temple I have visited in Egypt. UNESCO did an amazing job, disassembling and re-assembling the temple. They created a wonderful museum. Super nice area. Well done UNESCO!
  • Located at the southernmost border of Egypt (even in Ancient times) these magnificent temples are over 3000 years old. Originally they were located a few 100 meters away from here, but after construction of Suez dam, that area became flooded with water, so the temples needed to be relocated piece by piece. You get incredible sightings inside the temples as well
  • The statues are absolutely huge. There was a Monumental effort in the late sixties to move the statues higher after the Aswan dam was built. The lake that was created by the dam would have completely submerged the temple if they did not move it to higher ground.

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