Photographer's Note

Last post from Abu Simbel.
This is the entrance of the other temple situated a little further north from the Sun Temple that I showed you in my previous posts. It's the temple of the Queen Nefertari and it's much smaller, but not less impressive than the Sun Temple.
Again, you can see gigantic statues of Ramses and the contrast of scale with the guard seen at the entrance. Instead of 20m high in the Sun Temple, these colossi have ony 9m high. Even the child of Ramses & Nefertari seen at left is bigger than the mortal.
In spite of being the Temple of the Queen, it's still Ramses that show up at the entrance. The Queen is placed on the sides and can be seen in the picture of the whole façade, in WS.


WS - panoramic view of the whole façade.


Information about the Hathor Temple of Queen Nefertari:

A little further north of the Sun Temple stands the smaller rock-hewn Temple of Queen Nefertari, identified here with the goddess Hathor, who was wife to the sun-god during his day's passage and mother to his rebirth at dawn. As with Ramses' temple, the rock-hewn facade imitates a receding pylon (whose corvetto cornice has fallen), its plane accentuated by a series of rising buttresses separating six colossal statues of Ramses and Nefertari (each over 9m tall), which seem to emerge from the rock. Each is accompanied by two smaller figures of their children, who stand knee-high in the shadows. A frieze of cobras protects the door into the temple, which is simpler in plan than Ramses', having but one columned hall and vestibule, and only two lateral chambers; it runs 24m into the hillside.
The best reliefs are in the hall with square, Hathor-headed pillars whose sides show the royal couple mingling with deities. On the entrance wall Nefertari watches Ramses slay Egypt's enemies; on the side walls she participates in rituals as his equal, appearing before Anuket (left) and Hathor (right). In the transverse vestibule beyond, the portal of the sanctuary is flanked by scenes of the royal couple offering wine and flowers to Amun-Re and Horus (left), Re-Herakhte, Khnum, Satet and Anuket (right). The Sanctuary niche contains a ruined cow-statue of Hathor, above which vultures guard Nefertari's cartouches. On the side walls, she offers incense to Mut and Hathor (left), while Ramses worships his own image and that of Nefertari (right). The predominance of yellow in the paintings may allude to Hathor's title, "The Golden One".

Source: Rough Guide book to Egypt.

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