Seti Abu Simbel Lake Resort
Abu Simbel Touristic Village, Abu Simbel, Egypt
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Can anyone help...
Do you recommend visiting Abu Simbel in a half day day tour with flights / sightseeing from Aswan
staying overnight in Abu Simbe and also viewing the Sound and Light show - it it worth an overnight stay ????
Also, does anyone recommend any hotels in Abu Simbel, we want a room that's at least 3.5*, clean and comfy ????
Re: Abu Simbel
I would definitely recommend the overnight stay! They say the Sound and Light in Abu Simbel is the most beautiful in Egypt!
Going there for half a day by convoy is very stress-ful and crowdy. You need to get up at 3 am and be in a car or bus for at least 3 hours one way.
Going there by plane might make you able to avoid the masses but will be more expensive.
You can also go there by cruise across Lake Nasser, this will take you 4 days. But sure is the most relaxed way. We will be doing this next September.
There is a small village near the site, with a souk and maybe some shops.
My tourguide mentions 3 hotels:
Tourist Village Abu Simbel: A small equal floored little fortress in a candy cane pink colour at the entrance of the village, close to the tempels. Rooms are around a circular garden. Each room has a tiled floor, 2 beds with excellent matrasses, neat bathroom and airco. 50/70 LE (single/double bedroom) a night without breakfast (6 LE).
Nobaleh Ramses Hotel: 3 star hotel near the little souk. $60 a night.
Seti Abu Simbel: A very beautiful 5 star hotel that in general receives groups. The single bungalows are shattered in the lustrous garden directly on Lake Nasser. With swimming pool. $130/175 a night for a single/double room.
Abu Simbel can be a more expensive place, since it is so far away of the beaten path. Just a small percentage of the tourists go there.
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Great Temple General History background
The Giza Pyramids and the Great Temple of Abu Simbel present the most familiar images of ancient Egypt.
Abu Simbel is an archaeological site comprising two massive rock Temples in southern Egypt on the western bank of Lake Nasser about 290 km southwest of Aswan.
It is considered that the twin Temples was originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the XIII-th century BC. He constructed the monument to himself and his queen Nefertari. Also he wanted to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh, and to intimidate his Nubian neighbours.
The main Temple was dedicated to Ramesses II and to the four universal gods Ptah, Re-Harakhte, Amun-Re, and to Ramesses II himself. Abu Simbel is considered to be the most impressive of the seven temples, which Ramesses II built.
The Great Temple was hewn out of the rock to a depth of about 60 m. The axis of the Temple was aligned from west to east in such a way that twice every year, on February 20 and October 20 (now one day later, on February 21 and October 21), the rays of the rising sun reached the divine figures on the rear wall of the sanctuary.
Lake Nasser temples
between Aswan and Abu Simbel you have:
the Kertassi kiosk with Hathors dedicated to Isis
Beit el Wadi where a monument is rected to comemorate victory over enemies
Kalabsha where you have Nubian versions of Pharaonic deities
El Dakka or El Dek where you have Sekhmet
Wadi el Sebua the little Luxor temple
Amada filled with colors (still...)
Kasr Ibrahim ancient Ronam fortress in ruins
my favorite thing is just appreciating the enormous job of relocating the temple to higher grounds. I will miss the bluest sky, along with the equally blue waters of lake nassar. Just hanging out and also doing some people watching.
Rediscovery and relocation of Abu Simbel temple
With the passing of time, the temples became covered by sand. Already in the 6th century BC, the sand covered the statues of the main temple up to their knees. The temple was forgotten until 1813, when Swiss orientalist JL Burckhardt found the top frieze of the main temple. Burckhardt talked about his discovery with Italian explorer Giovanni Belzoni, who travelled to the site, unable to dig out an entry to the temple. Belzoni returned in 1817, this time succeeding in his attempt to enter the complex. He took everything valuable and portable with him.
In 1959 an international donations campaign to save the monuments of Nubia began: the southernmost relics of this ancient human civilization were under threat from the rising waters of the Nile that were about to result from the construction of the Aswan High Dam. Later Abu Simbel temples were moved from Sudanese lands into Egyptian lands.
The salvage of the Abu Simbel temples began in 1964, and cost some USD $80 million. Between 1964 and 1968, the entire site was cut into large blocks, dismantled and reassembled in a new location – 65 m higher and 200 m back from the river, in what many consider one of the greatest feats of archaeological engineering. Today, thousands of tourists visit the temples daily. Guarded convoys of buses and cars depart twice a day from Aswan, the nearest city. Many visitors also arrive by plane, at an airfield that was specially constructed for the temple complex. Not only are the two temples at Abu Simbel among the most magnificent monuments in the world but their removal and reconstruction was an historic event in itself. Temples were reassembled, in the exact same relationship to each other and the sun, and covered with an artificial mountain. Most of the joins in the stone have now been filled by antiquity experts, but inside the temples it is still possible to see where the blocks were cut.
Pictures not allowed inside the temple
The temple is a sacred place. Photos are allowed outside the temple only. Before entering you are warned about taking pictures. There is some local paroling the temple and if you caught, they will confiscate your camera I've seen people caught for taking pictures inside. But few minutes later I saw them get back their camera :) Perhaps they deleted the pics from their digital cam
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Address: Abu Simbel Touristic Village, Abu Simbel, Egypt