A large number of Egyptians and Tourists celebrated watching the sun passes over the face of the statue of Pharaoh Ramses II inside the Temple of the 'Abu Simbel'، south of Aswan earlier today، Friday. What is Abu Simbel?
This monumental temple complex was built by King Ramses II (c.1279-1213 B.C.E.) as a demonstration of both his worldly and divine power. He was the most prolific pharaoh in terms of building works، and a highly accomplished military leader.
In the early 1960’s، the entire temple complex was moved to higher ground when the Aswan Dam caused Lake Nasser to rise and inundate the area. The two temples were dismantled and raised over 60 meters up the sandstone cliff where they were reassembled، in the exact same relationship to each other and the sun، and covered with an artificial mountain.