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Abu Simbel

A 20-year megaproject, the temple of Abu Simbel was completed over 3,000 years ago as a glorious self-tribute of architectural egotism to Ramses II, his wife Nefertari, and the ancient Egyptian gods Ra, Amun and Ptah. An awe-inspiring display of remarkable engineering was the basis on which the temple was built that honored the gods on two special days of the year. February 22nd, the anniversary of Ramses’s ascension to the throne, and October 22nd, his birthday, mark the dates of the bi-annual Sun Festival that has survived the test of time for over 3 millennia. On these days, beams of light slice through the darkness within the depths of the temple to illuminate statues of the gods, except for Ptah, the god of darkness. As such was born the semi-annual celebration that millions have ventured to see, safeguarded by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism to this very day.

Abu Simbel

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A 20-year megaproject, the temple of Abu Simbel was completed over 3,000 years ago as a glorious self-tribute of architectural egotism to Ramses II, his wife Nefertari, and the ancient Egyptian gods Ra, Amun and Ptah. An awe-inspiring display of remarkable engineering was the basis on which the temple was built that honored the gods on two special days of the year. February 22nd, the anniversary of Ramses’s ascension to the throne, and October 22nd, his birthday, mark the dates of the bi-annual Sun Festival that has survived the test of time for over 3 millennia. On these days, beams of light slice through the darkness within the depths of the temple to illuminate statues of the gods, except for Ptah, the god of darkness. As such was born the semi-annual celebration that millions have ventured to see, safeguarded by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism to this very day.

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