Abu Simbel: The Biggest Edifice to The Male Ego

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4 colossal statues of the man himself, Ramesses II.
Abu Simbel is so huge that you can see it clearly from an airplane.  It was moved piece by piece from it's previous location to where it resides now because of the High Dam flooding everything when Lake Nassar was created.  Abu Simbel is dedicated to Ramesses II and all his glorious accomplishments, and yep, as always there is a hugh relief of the Battle of Kadesh.  You can't miss his 4 giant colossi on the front of the temple.  There are also statues of his mother Queen Tuya, his head wife Nefertari and some of his children.  The temple is aligned in such a way that on February 22 and October 22 the rising sun shines through the temple and illuminates Ramesses II's face on his statue.  The temple is quite amazing and the reliefs are beautifully preserved.
Look how large it is from the air!


Next to the large Temple of Ramesses II, there is a smaller temple dedicated Hathor.  The facade has 3 statues of Ramesses II and two of Nefertari. 

Abu Simbel is a must see!  It really is worth the flight or drive to get there.  I recommend the flight, since it is much shorter (about 1/2 hour from Aswan), plus the view of the Temple from the plane is mind-blowing.  Gives you a whole new perspective on how humungous the structure is.  Thank you Ramesses II and his obsession with large monuments to himself.  But, I guess if you live well into your 90s, father hundreds of children (outliving your first 13 sons), celebrate an unprecedented 14 sed festivals during your reign, lead a slew of very successful military expeditions and campaigns, liter the lanscape with monuments and statues (many of which he stole from Amenhotep III, who in turn had stolen them from Hathshepsut), improve/expand temples, and inspire 9 other Pharaohs to take your name in your honor - then you too can builf a giant edifice to yourself.  He really was that great and powerful.
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4 colossal statues of the man hims…
4 colossal statues of the man him…
Look how large it is from the air!
Look how large it is from the air!
Lake Nassar.  Marta took this phot…
Lake Nassar. Marta took this pho…
Military base from the sky.  Look …
Military base from the sky. Look…
Old location before the temple was…
Old location before the temple wa…
Old location before the temple was…
Old location before the temple wa…
Replica of what would have happene…
Replica of what would have happen…
Both temples.
Both temples.
I am the tiny blue dot in the lowe…
I am the tiny blue dot in the low…
Oh look.  Surprise surprise. Battl…
Oh look. Surprise surprise. Batt…
Ramesses II doing what he did best…
Ramesses II doing what he did bes…
And more smitting.  Ramesses II di…
And more smitting. Ramesses II d…
The deities and Ramesses II (middl…
The deities and Ramesses II (midd…
Satellite temple. Look at the plan…
Satellite temple. Look at the pla…
Satellite temple.
Satellite temple.
Abu Simbel
photo by: ellechic