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... represented the animals he killed
A small chamber showing offerings to Rahorukhat
A larger chamber with more offerings to various gods
Another chamber with two small chambers of offerings, heiroglyphics and cartouches on each side
The second room had a large carving of the solar boat
Ramses was shown as a high priest with his wife on the square pillars
Amun Ra, Rahorukhat and ...
... Ramses and three other statues dedicated to the gods. They are huge – 33 metres in height. The inside is covered with ancient hieroglyphics and contains a large room with several little rooms coming off it. At the end of the temple is a smaller room with 4 carved statues. On only 2 days of the year the sun reaches this room and lights up three of the statues. The 4th statue represents the after-life so ...
... Most of the drive was in the dark but the last hour we could see nothing but flat desert in all directions. Near Abu Simbel town, trees were planted near the road.
We arrived in a convoy of roughly 30 police escorted vehicles, 6 of which were large deluxe tour group buses. Once off the busses, the group tourists hung back while the independent ...
... all four of us! - and then before we knew it we were driving through the town of Abu Simbel!
We went in at about 8.30am and as we rounded the corner to see the great temple of Ramses II the sun was shining right on it, and the sky was blue and cloudless - it was totally perfect! We also arrived after most of the other tourists, so by the time we had looked around a bit they were all leaving and we had the temples to ourselves - it was bliss!
There were lots of ...
... We took a 10 minute shuttle bus from the airport to the site. At first it is a bit underwhelming all you can see is hawkers and a big pile of dirt (the back of the artificial mountain) we followed a path around the mountain admiring Lake Nassar. This is when something catastrophically bad happened, I turned on my camera and it said LOW BATTERY, that flashing red battery sign was gut wrenching. How? I charged it in Cairo, perhaps when you take hundreds of photos twenty or so ...