In Photos: Tourism minister, foreign ambassadors observe biannual solar alignment at Ramses II Temple

Nevine El-Aref , Friday 22 Oct 2021

Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Enany and more than 30 Arab and foreign ambassadors as well as influencers observed on Friday morning the biannual solar alignment at Ramses II Temple in Abu Simbel.

Khaled El-Enany
Egypt tourism and antiquities minister, Khaled El-Enany, and foreign ambassadors observe the biannual phenomenon.

 The biannual solar alignment at Ramses II temple is an astronomical phenomenon that takes place biannually on 22 October and 22 February.

During phenomenon, which occured at 5:52am and lasted for nearly 20 minutes. sun rays enter the temple’s sanctum to light three of four statues. The three statues belong to King Ramses II and the deities Amun-Re and Re-Hur-Akhty. The God of Darkness Ptah remains in shadow to symbolise his connection to the underworld.

All precautionary safety measures were taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The attendees took a group photo in front of the temple with the respective flags of their countries.

On Thursday, El-Enany and the ambassadors toured the Abu Simbel temple and parts of the Ramses II temple.

On Friday, the group also visited the temple of the wife of King Ramses II, Queen Nefertari.

The tour was attended by the Aswan governor and top officials from the tourism and antiquities ministry.

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