A day trip to the Temples of Abu Simbel
Seeing as Egypt has been in the news a lot lately I thought I'd share this day trip with you.
The Abu Simbel Temples are two massive rock structures situated in Nubia (Southern Egypt) on the West bank of Lake Nasser.
When the Aswan High Dam was built in the 1960's this structure would have been flooded by the resulting Lake Nasser, so in 1968 work started to relocate it some 65 meters higher and 200 meters back from the River Nile.
Work was carried out under the banner of UNESCO and cost $40 million to complete.
The resultant reconstruction is one of the most visited tourist sites in the world.
This blog, hopefully, gives you a taste of that day out.
To get to Abu Simbel either a road trip of around 300km under armed guard or a short flight to the purpose built airport.
We're going by air and our journey starts at a very quiet Aswan Airport.
Don't worry, thats not camera shake ...it really is like that.
Heathrow was never like this !!
Our plane awaits.
As we approach Abu Simbel we catch a quick glimpse of the Temples through the dusty plane windows.
A lot of these photos are taken on the move through dirty glass...sorry about the poor quality.
Abu Simbel arrival.
A short coach ride under armed guard and then a short walk bring us to our objective.
The massive Temples built by Pharoah Ramesses 11 as a lasting monument to himself and Queen Nefertari.
Its impossible to get a clear shot without people on the photo but it at least shows you the scale of the structure!
Mr & Mrs Ramasses.
Note the date of the grafiti on this one.
This is known as 'The key of Life'.
I bought an alabaster replica...well you never know.
Baboon carvings above the heads of the statues.
Me and Sheryl (my missus) with Lake Nasser in the background.
Beautiful flowers and shrubs on the walk back to the coach.
Abu Simbel Village. Unaccompanied visits are not allowed. Such is the nature of Egypt.
As you can tell, these photos had to be taken from a moving coach.
Finally we board our plane for the short flight back to Aswan.
If you stuck with this, then I thank you and I hope you enjoyed our trip to see one of the most famous structures in the world.
Sorry about some of the picture quality.
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