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Picture of the day: Tourists dismayed as fog blocks sunlight from illuminating Abu Simbel's inner sanctum
Abu Simbel
Feb
22

Crowds disappointed as long-awaited event at the ancient Egyptian Abu Simbel temple sabotaged by bad weather (Photo: Aswat Masriya)

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.

Today was a no go for the sun. 

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