Ramsses the Great!

Nancy Richard

Bristol, United States

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Nubia, Egypt…Kodak DX6490, F 5.6, exp. Program 2

Abu Simbel is the site of 2 massive temples carved and built by Ramsses II (Ramses the Great) out of the mountainside cliff. It was built in the 13th century (1264-1244 BCE) to commemorate the pharaoh’s alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh and to intimidate Nubian neighbors.

Located in Nubia, southern Egypt on the western bank of Lake Nasser, which was created by the Aswan dam. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site, and was saved from the rising water of the Nile from 1960-1980.

Ramsses II built many monuments and statues of himself as God. Abu Simbel was built to once again honor himself and his favorite and beloved wife, Nefertari.

Though there are four huge statues (one broken), I have attempted to present a different POV to try to illustrate how large these statues are. (They are humongous!) I offer you this link for more information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Simbel_temples

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