Top 10 Sights in Egypt
From the dazzling desert to the world’s longest river, Egypt is a land full of magical mystery. With the history of the alluring pyramids encased in the sands of time, get transported back to a period of sphinxes, pharaohs and mystical wonder.
Getting to Abu Simbel can take a bit of an effort, but most visitors agree it’s worth it. Located in Nubia on the west bank of the Nile, the temple complex was built under the reign of Ramses II, who ruled in the 14th century B.C. Laborers carved the two structures directly into the cliffs, with a colossal facade of 20 m tall statues of Ramses II. Impressive as it is, the interiors are just as remarkable with rooms cut from rock lined with statues, bas-reliefs and sculptures. Incredibly the temples were moved to their current position in the 1960’s completely unharmed when rising levels of the Nile River threatened them.
The temple looks like something out of Indiana Jones. And in fact an idea from it was used in Raiders of the Lost Ark. While popular all year round, twice a year huge crowds flock to Abu Simbel to witness when sunlight penetrates the temple’s inner sanctuary and illuminates the four statues deep within. This happens on February 22 and October 22 to commemorate Rameses’ birthday and ascension to the throne.