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ABU SIMBEL AND AWAY

ABU SIMBEL, EGYPT - FEBRUARY 2010


"LAKE NASSER - 550km long and 35km across at its widest point, the lake was the result of the construction of the Aswan High Dam on the Nile between 1958 and 1970. The Sudanese small part of the Lake is named Lake Nubia"


"RAMSES II - Abu Simbel in its splendour"


"RAMSES II wearing the double crown of Lower and Upper Egypt"


"MORE RAMSES II - According to Wikipedia, «The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari, to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh, and to intimidate his Nubian neighbours. However, the complex was relocated in its entirety in the 1960s, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir»"


"GENERAL VIEW"


"INTERIORS - According to Wikipedia, «it is believed that the axis of the temple was positioned by the ancient Egyptian architects in such a way that on October 21 and February 21 (61 days before and 61 days after the Winter Solstice), the rays of the sun would penetrate the sanctuary and illuminate the sculptures on the back wall, except for the statue of Ptah, the god connected with the Underworld, who always remained in the dark.» This picture was taken on February 22nd, and Ptah on the left is in the shade..."


"NEFERTARI - The Great Royal Wife of Ramses II"


"NEFERTARI - Not to be confused with Nefertiti, the Great Royal Wife of Akhenaton"


"FROM ABU SIMBEL TO ASWAN"


"CAIRO AT NIGHT"


"CAIRO - ALEXANDRIA"


"MALTA, SICILY, TUNISIA AND BALEARIC ISLANDS"

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