The Great Temple in Abu Simbel
Close-up of one of the colossal statues of Ramesses II, wearing the double crown of Lower and Upper Egypt The Great Temple at Abu Simbel, which took about twenty years to build, was completed around year 24 of the reign of Rameses the Great (which corresponds to 1265 BCE). It was dedicated to the gods Amun, Ra-Horakhty, and Ptah, as well as to the deified Rameses himself. It is generally considered the grandest and most beautiful of the temples commissioned during the reign of Rameses II, and one of the most beautiful in Egypt.
Four colossal 20 meter statues of the pharaoh with the double Atef crown of Upper and Lower Egypt decorate the facade of the temple, which is 35 meters wide and is topped by a frieze with 22 baboons, worshippers of the sun and flank the entrance. The colossal statues were sculptured directly from the rock in which the temple was located before it was moved. All statues represent Ramesses II, seated on a throne and wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. The statue to the left of the entrance was damaged in an earthquake, leaving only the lower part of the statue still intact. The head and torso can still be seen at the statue's feet.
Next to the legs of the colossi, there are other statues no higher than the knees of the pharaoh. These depict Nefertari, Ramesses's chief wife, and queen mother Mut-Tuy, his first two sons Amun-her-khepeshef, Ramesses, and his first six daughters Bintanath, Baketmut, Nefertari, Meritamen, Nebettawy and Isetnofret.
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Philippe (11836) 2009-05-04 9:05
Hi, Thomas. The angle you've chosen to show us the statues makes them very impressive. There are very good details and a good symmetry in your picture which I like very much. The ochre statues and walls stand out well against the blue sky.
Have a nice evening,
bukitgolfb301 (40698) 2009-05-05 17:07
Hello my dear Thomas
Great angle and great statue.
F/6.7 makes very deep and clear exposure, good choice. The portion of blue sky is moderate and comfortable. Good job !
Thanks for sharing and best regards,
hay_kes (31140) 2009-05-06 7:48
Very impressive historical view vith great POV, lighting, colours and details.TFS.
gokanlam (6605) 2009-05-06 8:07
it smells Egypt indeed Thomas.. your pov makes the view of the statues more amazing.. and they create a nice contrast with the sky..
and thanks for your nice words on my last photo..
patdeph (35748) 2009-05-06 23:07
wooow!You couldn't have a better POV to show these impressive statues!I have been there 5 years ago and did not had the idea to do like this,I like very much!The deep blue sky give a nice contrast with the stone colour,and reinforces the impression of height!Superb!
dip (23888) 2009-05-07 5:55
impressive view with good POV,excellent clarity and lighting management!
very well done!
Focales (22) 2009-05-08 3:06
Je connais aussi très bien le site d'Abu Simbel et ces colosses qui sont situés en façade. Ici on voit les statues de Ramsès avec à ses pieds, entre autres, sa reine Nefertari.
Silvio1953 (139775) 2009-05-10 5:35
Ciao Thomas, great POV for fantastic monument with splendid clarity, wonderful light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio
photoray (13967) 2009-06-05 7:43
Your sharp vertical image works well, showing the immenseness of the Ramses II statues, and the lesser significance of his wives.
lousat (89128) 2009-06-05 11:46
Ciao Thomas,a impessive point of view of one of the most spectacular work in the world,great sharpness and colors,my best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO