Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
The flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel takes about 1 hour.
Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
Walking to the two temples built by Ramses II, one notices several entrances at the back of the momunment.
Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
Our first view of the twin temples built by Ramses II at Abu Simbel.
Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
The main temple. Ramses II is depicted in the statues. He really loved himself, didn't he?
Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
The entrance to the second temple, dedicated to Hathor. On either side of the entrance are two each statues of Ramses II himself and one of his wife, Nefertari.
Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
Compare the size of the real people with the size of Ramses in this photo.
Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
Grandma Bert poses in front of the Ramses temple. Notice how large the statues of Ramses are.
Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
A close-up view of the statue of Ramses II. This temple was built over 3,000 years ago!
Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
Ramses' daughters also were depicted at the temple. These carvings are almost human-sized, while those of Ramses and his queen are over 30 feet tall.
Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
A life sized sculpture of one of Ramses' daughters.
Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
A falcon at the Abu Simbel temples.
Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
Even 100, plus, years ago, people carved graffitt into the walls and columns of the ancient temples.
Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
At the feet of Ramses II are carvings of people he took prisoner in wars.
Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
Grandma Bert is exiting the Ramses II temple at Abu Simbel. Although photography is not allowed inside, a guard offered to use her camera to take her picture for $2.00. Grandma declined.
Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
Because of the new High Dam built in the 1960s, the Ramses II temples actually had to be moved, or else they would have been flooded by the new Lake Nasser. The United States paid a third of the costs of moving the temples.
Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
The temples at Abu Simbel are still on the shore of the lake, although now at a higher elevation.
Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
Regardless how you spell it, you can buy coffee at Abu Simbel.
Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
Some welcome shade away from the monuments, but near the coffee shop.
Abu Simbel