Abu Simbel: The Biggest Edifice to The Male Ego
Abu Simbel Travel Blog› entry 26 of 30 › view all entries
November 25th, 2003 – by: genkeeper
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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