Temple of Abu Simbel Off The Beaten Path

  • Still life with the liquor bottle (Abu-Simbel?)
    Still life with the liquor bottle...
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  • Abu Simbel - Mirage
    Abu Simbel - Mirage
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  • Abu Simbel - Mirage
    Abu Simbel - Mirage
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    Mirage

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Sep 19, 2007

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    We were told that on a return way from Abu Simbel to Aswan we should necessarily see a mirage. I was very surprised as considered that a mirage as the optical phenomenon was similar to a rainbow. If a rainbow accompanies with a rain under certain conditions a mirage accompanies with absence of a rain in desert. I thought, that certain conditions were also necessary for appearance of a mirage. However our guide was right! We have really seen the mirage!

    Unfortunately the bus has not stopped off and we had to observe this miracle of nature during driving. Therefore pictures and video haven't turned out successful. However having looked attentively it is possible to see a thin strip of "water" between hills and deserted plain.

    You may watch my VIDEO-Clip on my personal YouTube channel: 2 min 54 sec Egypt Abu Simbel-Aswan&Mirage 2007

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    Lake Nasser

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Sep 19, 2007

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    Lake Nasser is one of the world's largest artificial lakes. Its statistics are staggering - an area of 5250 sq km, stretching 510km in length and between 5km and 35km in width. Numbers aside, the contrast between this enormous body of water and the remote desert surrounding it makes Lake Nasser a place of austere beauty.

    Lake Nasser was created when the High Dam was built near Aswan. It covers the land of Nubia, site of hundreds of tombs and temples. Many monuments were moved from their original sites prior to the building of the dam and are grouped together at four locations: Kalabsha, Wadi as-Subua and Amada (both accessible only by boat) and, of course, Abu Simbel with its famous Temple of Rameses.

    You may watch my VIDEO-Clip on my personal YouTube channel: 1 min 49 sec Egypt Abu Simbel Naser Lake&Temle area 2007

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    Desert between Aswan and Abu Simbel

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Sep 19, 2007

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    Desert between Aswan and Abu Simbel
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    The road from Aswan to Abu Simbel runs through desert. The monotonous deserted landscape could be seen within three hours of driving. From time to time hills in the form of pyramids were visible.

    I didn’t understand - if they were natural or man-made. However their pyramidal view caused to reflections. If hills have natural character it is clear, whence ancient Egyptians adopted the form of the pyramids!

    You may watch my VIDEO-Clip on my personal YouTube channel:
    2 min Egypt Aswan-Abu Simbel road 2007 with Eccodek “Voices have eyes” music.

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    "Abu Simbel" in Moscow

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Sep 17, 2007

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    Still life with the liquor bottle (Abu-Simbel?)

    I learned about Abu Simbel existence at school but it attracted my attention in the middle of 1970th when I tried the liquor (or balm) with the name “Abu Simbel”.

    It appeared in Moscow in 1960th as Gamal Abdel Nasser (the President of Egypt) and Nikita Khrushev’s (the head of the USSR) friendship sign. We have been told it was drawn on 90 grasses! I watched the label and admired the picture with four giant figures.

    How would I know that almost 30 years later I’d see them with my own eyes! (Now I dream to see that liguor label once again...)

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    A relevant book of an expert

    by sayedaburas Updated Apr 7, 2007

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    Dr. Zahi is one of the worldwide best Egyptologists, who may add a lot of his vast experience to some of us.

    CLICK & Enjoy Google Orientation! *

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    Natural Pyramids

    by Childish Updated Jan 17, 2007

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    Egypt, Natural Pyramids near Abu Simbel
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    You can't miss these natural rock formations on the way to Abu Simbel or back to Aswan. There are so many of them near the road. And they have the shape of pyramids. Who knows, maybe these natural pyramids gave the idea to the Pharaohs of the Old Kingdom to build the Great Pyramids which still amaze us...

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    Inauguration plate

    by Luchonda Updated Apr 22, 2006

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    Inauguration plate

    At the entrance of the temple there is the inauguration plate. You can spent a few hours in this temple area - and take a lot of pictures. But be warned, inside the both temples it is strictly forbidden to take photos.

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    Flowers in the desert

    by Luchonda Updated Jan 8, 2006

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    Flora in the desert -The flora and fauna in Egypt is so different and drastically between the Nile River Valley and the real desert regions. The area around the temple has some surprising impressions on Flora in the desert.

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    Flowers in the desert

    by Luchonda Updated Jan 8, 2006

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    Flora in the desert - The flora and fauna in Egypt is so different and drastically between the Nile River Valley and the real desert regions. The area around the temple has some surprising impressions on Flora in the desert.

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    Walking walking

    by sammie Updated Nov 5, 2005

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    View Abu Simbel

    The only way to get to the temples is to get up early. And after 3,5 houres in the car you'll be happy to walk and stretch your legs. After walking in the temples, go out side and watch the view. Because on this island you have a perfect view of the lake Nasser for several reasons, one it's still early so the sun has a magnific shine over the lake and it's so calm and peacefull you just have to look at it.
    A little to the right are some trees and there is a wooden bench, you can sit there if you like and just enjoy your view on the lake. Ah................
    To get back to the busses, there are 2 scenic routes to walk, the first is to walk the way to came, but is quit boring. The second is to go near Neferatari and then left. This way you'll walk around the temple and you get a good view how it's been build in a rock/ moutain.

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    View on the Lake Nasser

    by Luchonda Written May 23, 2005

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    Abu Simbel

    The entrance to the Abu Simbel Tempel.
    You can get to this tempel by bus, plane, or like i did by boat.
    Getting here by boat is rather new and unique. You can visit some rather unknown Tempels and the ruin of a fort and a tomb.
    - The Temple of Mandoulis in Kalabsha
    - The Temple of Beit Al Wali
    - The Temple of Dakka and Meharaka

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    Mirage

    by Shofja Written May 20, 2004

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    Mirage

    We saw SO beautiful mirage when returned back from Abu Simbel to Aswan!!!!!!!!!
    It was first time when i saw so real mirage (but not first time when i saw mirage) - big lakes and reflection of cliffs in these lakes.... And all this in the middle of the desert!!!
    And, of course, through the minibuss window isn't possible get good photos of mirage. And i think generally it's not possible to get good photos of the mirage :-)

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    Sunrise in the desert

    by Shofja Written May 20, 2004

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    Of course, sunrise you can see only if, for example, take early convoy to Abu Simbel. When you of Aswan is dark and satry night. Romantic! Through the minibuss window you can see beautiful stars and after some time driving via desert sun starts to rise.. The sky is colouring in hazy purple, then hazy pink and hazy orange. Beautiful!!!

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