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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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  • Copyright: Thomas Schembri (disturbia73) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 59] (373)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2004-04-26
  • Categories: Ruins
  • Exposure: f/6.7, 1/250 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2009-05-04 9:01
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