Abu Simbel - Egypt

Abu Simbel in Egypt

Travel to Abu Simbel, located near the border of modern-day Egypt and Sudan, Abu Simbel is an archaeological marvel that attracts history enthusiasts and curious travelers alike. The site features two massive rock-cut temples dedicated to Pharaoh Ramesses II and his queen, Nefertari. These impressive temples, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, were carved from the mountainside in the 13th century BC.

As you explore Abu Simbel, marvel at the colossal statues that guard the temples, and admire the exquisite carvings and reliefs that adorn the walls. Join us on our tours in Egypt that will immerse you in ancient Egypt’s enchanting tales and vibrant culture, with a special focus on the stunning Abu Simbel temples.

Abu Simbel Egypt

“Abu Simbel is home to two monumental rock-cut temples built by Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC.”

Curiosities about Abu Simbel:

  1. Abu Simbel is situated near the border of Egypt and Sudan and dates back to the 13th century BC.
  2. The site features two temples – the Great Temple of Ramesses II and the Small Temple of Nefertari.
  3. The temples were carved directly into the sandstone cliffs and feature colossal statues that stand over 65 feet tall.
  4. Abu Simbel was a symbol of power and a deterrent to Egypt’s southern neighbors, showcasing the might of the Egyptian empire.
  5. The temples were relocated in the 1960s due to the construction of the Aswan High Dam, which threatened to submerge them under the rising waters of Lake Nasser.
  6. The relocation was a massive international effort, with the temples carefully cut into blocks and reassembled on higher ground.
  7. Abu Simbel remains a popular tourist destination today, attracting visitors from around the world.
  8. Visitors can obtain an Egyptian visa upon arrival and explore the wonders of Abu Simbel.

Visit Abu Simbel

Embark on an unforgettable journey to the majestic Abu Simbel temples, where you can admire the colossal statues of Ramesses II and Nefertari and explore the richly decorated interiors. Witness the grandeur of ancient Egyptian art and architecture as you delve into the captivating history of these awe-inspiring monuments.

Map of Abu Simbel

Discover Abu Simbel

  • Great Temple of Ramesses II: A grand temple featuring four colossal statues of Ramesses II and intricate reliefs depicting his military victories.
  • Small Temple of Nefertari: Dedicated to Ramesses II’s queen, this temple showcases beautiful carvings and statues of Nefertari and the goddess Hathor.
  • Sun Festival: Held twice a year, the Sun Festival at Abu Simbel celebrates a unique phenomenon when sunlight illuminates the inner sanctuary of the Great Temple.
  • Temple Relocation: Learn about the massive international effort to save and relocate the Abu Simbel temples during the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

Travel to Abu Simbel

Choose from our list of Egypt tours that include visiting the magnificent Abu Simbel temples, a must-see destination for any traveler.

Photos of Abu Simbel

Browse through a collection of images showcasing the breathtaking Abu Simbel temples and their awe-inspiring statues, capturing the essence of this ancient Egyptian masterpiece.