Abu Simbel, Aswan, Egypt (1250 BC)
Aswan, Southern Upper Egypt Region, Egypt|
The two temples of Ramesses II at Abu Simbel in Aswan are among the most impressive of all the world’s surviving ancient monuments. It remains a testament to the power of the Egyptian empire at its height under Ramesses II, aka ‘Ramesses the Great’.
Cut into the rock above the Nile floodplain more than 3,000 years ago, fronted by four colossal statues of the pharaoh. His consort Nefertari and their children can be seen in smaller figures by his feet. Queen Nefertari was the first of Ramesses’ ‘Great Royal Wives’.
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