Photographer's Note

We had the privilege of visiting this great place twice, first in the evening , followed by the " Sound and light " show and then at 6.00 am, before the sun rose. Photographers are certainly aware that both dawn and dusk hours, or to be more precise, "the blue hours" last very little when we approach the Equator, simply because the sun goes straight down instead of lingering along the horizon, as it does in Scotland for instance. I was happy that there was a single orange spot illuminating the big shrine even after the sky started to become dark blue. But I had to be real fast.. and be at a good place where both the temple and the sky would be visible. the blue lasted 3 minutes only.
I will not write too much about Abu Simbel but only remind those who may have forgotten that it is a temple built by Ramses II, where there are 4 colossal sitting statues of himself, all carved in the rock. After the High Dam was built in the 70's , both the cliff and the statues were removed from their original place which remained under the rising water of the artificial lake, and transported on a higher ground.

Certainly a place to see at least once in a life-time.

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