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The interior of Abu Simbel. It was constructed so that twice a year, on the coronation day and again on the official birthday of Ramses II, the rising sun would shine so that a shaft of light illuminated the chamber at the end of this corridor.

(When we visited in 2008 photos were prohibited inside the temple. I took this photo in 1993 when Rabab and I visited here.)
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The gods' chamber at the end of the corridor. The statues are of Ptah (originally the creator, later an underworld god), Amon-Ra (god of the sun, merged from two prior gods, Amun and Ra), Ra-Harakhte (a merger of Horus and Ra) , and Ramesses II. Ptah was a god of darkness, who was not illuminated by the sun.

(When we visited in 2008 photos were prohibited inside the temple. I took this photo in 1993 when Rabab and I visited here.)
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Detail of statue in front
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All of us in front of the temple
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Closer look at statues
IMG_5095 Abu Simbel statues.JPG

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Statues as seen closer to entrance. Note the scale of the statues compared to Eric, Nora and Rabab standing at its base.
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Carvings in the wall depict either the enslavement of or a military victory over Nubians, who populated the area just to the south. Today Nubia is a region within Egypt though they have their own language and culture.
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The Queen's temple, built next to the main temple.
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Pharoah Eric I in front of Queen's temple
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Detail of statue in front of queen's temple
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