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Abu Simbel Sun Festival Event February 22nd, & October 22nd

Discover Sun Festival Event at Abu Simbel Miraculous Temples

Abu Simbel is an archaeological site located on the west bank of Lake Nasser some 285 km southwest of Aswan. It is one of the Nubian sites, which is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The double temples of Abu Simbel were originally carved in the mountains during the reign of King Ramses II in the 13th century BC, as a permanent monument to him and his wife Queen Nefertari, to celebrate the anniversary of his victory in the Battle of Kadesh against the Hittites. However, in 1960 the complex was completely moved to another place, on an artificial hill made of a steel dome structure, and above the reservoir of the High Dam in Aswan.

The Sun Festival at Abu Simbel

The sun festival at Abu Simbel is when the sun goes to the inside of the sanctuary to lighten the face of King Ramses the great, and this phenomenal occurs twice on February 22nd, and October 22nd every year! Egyptologist Zahii Hawas Said that those dates are dates of King Ramses’ coronation and Birth.

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