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Abu Simbel Temple receives 1200 tourists

Saturday 03/February/2018 - 08:22 PM
Sada El Balad
Ahmed Mohsin
Abu Simbel archaeological area in Aswan received on Saturday 1200 tourists of different nationalities، the director of Abu Simbel archaeological area Hossam Abboud said.

The total occupancy rate for Aswan's fixed hotels currently stands at 50 percent، while the rate in floating hotels has jumped to 85%، according to Abboud.

Abu Simbel، site of two temples built by the Egyptian king Ramses II (reigned 1279–13 BCE)، now located in Aswan governorate، southern Egypt.

In ancient times the area was at the southern frontier of pharaonic Egypt، facing Nubia. The four colossal statues of Ramses in front of the main temple are spectacular examples of ancient Egyptian art. By means of a complex engineering feat in the 1960s، the temples were salvaged from the rising waters of the Nile River caused by erection of the Aswan High Dam.

Carved out of a sandstone cliff on the west bank of the Nile، south of Korosko، the temples were unknown to the outside world until their rediscovery in 1813 by the Swiss researcher Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. They were first explored in 1817 by the early Egyptologist Giovanni Battista Belzoni.

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