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PHOTO GALLERY : Dawn lights up Abu Simbel temple's inner sanctum to mark anniversary of Pharoah Ramses


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Tourists and visitors queue outside the temple of Abu Simbel at the upper reaches of the Nile in Aswan (Photo:Reuters )
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A security guard walks inside the Abu Simbel temple at the upper reaches of the Nile in Aswan (Photo: Reuters )
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Tourists and visitors queue outside the temple of Abu Simbel at the upper reaches of the Nile in Aswan (Photo: Reuters )
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Police and security navigate in a boat near the temple of Abu Simbel at the upper reaches of the Nile in Aswan (Photo: Reuters )
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Tourists sit in front of the Abu Simbel temple at the upper reaches of the Nile in Aswan (Photo: Reuters )
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GHA010 - Tourist guides wait for customers outside the temple of Abu Simbel at the upper reaches of the Nile in Aswan (Photo: Reuters )
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Tourists look at the Abu Simbel temple during a daily sound and light show, on the eve of the anniversary of Pharaoh Ramses (Photo: Reuters )
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Visitors walk in front of the Temple of Queen Nefertari, wife of Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II, on the eve of the anniversary of Pharaoh Ramses (Photo: Reuters )
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The light of dawn shines on the statues of Pharaoh Ramses II (R) and Amun, the God of Light (L), in the inner sanctum of the temple of Abu Simbel, located at the upper reaches of the Nile in Aswan, around 1264 km (785 miles) south of Cairo February 22, 2014. The axis of the temple was designed so as to allow the rays of the sun to shine into the inner sanctuary only on Ramses II's birthday and his coronation. A militant Islamist group has warned tourists to leaveEgypt and threatened to attack any who stay after Feb. 20, raising the prospect of a new front in a fast-growing insurgency in the biggest Arab nation (Photo: Reuters)
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Twice a year, on Feb 22, a day marking the king's birthday and on Oct 22, a day celebrating his coronation, sunlight illuminates the statues of the sun gods Re-Horakhte and Amon-Re, as well as a statue of king Ramses II

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