About 10 hours
22 Oct. & 22 Feb.
Twice a year - on the 22nd October and 22nd February each year, we gather celebrate this perfect joining of human intelligence and natural phenomena of Abu Simbel Sun Festival. On the dates of Ramses ascension to the throne, and on his birthday, the rays of the sun would penetrate the sanctuary and lights up just 3 of the statues, leaving the fourth, dedicated to Ptah, the god of Darkness, in shadow
Pick up services from your hotel in Aswan and return
All transfers by air-conditioned vehicle
Entrance fees to all the mentioned sites
Qualified Egyptologist tour guide
Bottled water during the tour
Abu Simbel Sun Festival
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Our representative will pick you up from your hotel in Aswan at Midnight to celebrate this perfect joining of human intelligence and natural phenomena of Abu Simbel Sun Festival. The temple was dedicated to the deified Pharaoh, King Ramses II, known also as the great builder and the gods Amun-Re, Re-Herakhte and Ptah. In a fit of precision and architectural egotism, Ramses II had the entire temple precisely positioned in order for the sun’s rays to align just twice a year, on the date of his ascension to the throne (21 February) and on his birthday (21 October) to illuminate the inner sanctum of the temple. This incredible natural phenomenon provides for a most spectacular sight, which has come to be referred to as the Sun Festival of King Ramses II. Crowds pack into the temple before sunrise and watch the shafts of light slowly creeping through the rock hewn inner Hypostyle Hall (replete with further statues of the King) and through to the Sanctuary. As we are lead through the temple there will be time to pause for a moment to watch the sun illuminating the statues of Amun-Re, Re-Herakhte and Ramses the god, whilst the statute of Ptah – the god of darkness – remains in the shadows.
Famously, the temple was re-located in a multi-million dollar operation in 1972, further up from the shoreline of Lake Nasser, which had threatened to erode the foundations of this monolithic temple complex. For this reason, the sun now strikes a day later than Ramses had originally planned, though the event this morning itself is no less stunning. After the event, there will be plenty of time to enjoy performances by Nubian and Egyptian folklore groups and explore the Sun Temple of King Ramses II, the Temple of Hathor and take plenty of pictures.
After finished, you will then be transferred back to your hotel in Aswan
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