Last Update 23:0
Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Visitors gather to watch sunrise illuminate inner sanctum at Egypt's Abu Simbel

Nevine El-Aref , Monday 22 Oct 2018
King Ramses II
Views: 3098
Views: 3098

Two thousand visitors gathered in the Great Temple at Abu Simbel in Aswan at dawn on Monday to watch the sun’s rays illuminate the temple’s sculptures.  

The visitors included Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Anany, a group of other ministers, 26 foreign ambassadors and cultural advisors, and heads of 16 foreign and Arab antiquities institutes.

The tour visited parts of the Ramses temple, where twice annually – on 22 February and 22 October – the sun’s rays penetrate the structure and illuminate part of the inner walls.

The Egyptian antiquities ministry is marking 50 years since the restoration and relocation of the Abu Simbel temples in September 1968.

El-Anany led the group on a tour to visit Nefertari’s temple, and Ramses II’s temple, where they inspected the temple’s concrete dome.

For most of the year, the inner sanctum of the main temple at Abu Simbel is shrouded in darkness. But twice a year, sunlight illuminates the seated statues of the sun gods Re-Horakhte and Amon-Re, as well as a statue of Ramses II.







Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.