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Abu Simbel

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Abu Simbel is a set of two temples near the border of Egypt with Sudan. It was constructed for the pharaoh Rameses II who reigned for 67 years during the 13th century BC (19th Dynasty).

While in Aswan you can visit the impressive temples of Ramses II in Egypt's Abu Simbel. Originally carved out of the sandstone cliffs above the Nile, these temples were moved to higher ground when the waters of Lake Nasser rose as a result of the construction of the High Dam. The Temple of Hathor at Abu Simbel was built by Ramses II (c.1279-1213 B.C.E.) to honor both Hathor as the goddess of love/music and his wife Nefertari as the deified queen. On each side of the entrance, two statues of Ramses flank one of Nefertari dressed as Hathor. The colossal statues, in turn, flank smaller statues of their children.

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