November 18, 2005
Unless you could really care less about temples, you will be totally floored by these temples. The statues on either side the entrance completely tower over you as you approach, their eyes staring off into infinity.
Inside of the temples are room after room of heiroglyphics painted onto the stone walls. Many of the scenes depict Ramses II and his military and political victories during his incredibly long reign as ruler of the Egyptian empire. There are also statues with the temples as one, several of them being of the Egyptian god Osiris.
Another interesting story about these temples is that they were both physically moved in the 1960s due to the creation of Lake Nasser that was formed after the High Aswan Dam was completed. This incredible engineering feet was accomplished by UNESCO, and the two temples were cut out and moved 200 feet above and 600 feet west of where they were originally located.
Visiting Abu Simbel is a definite must for anyone going to Egypt. After the pyramids, these temples symbolize the face of Egypt for the world.
From journal The Sands of Time