Massive Statues Of Ramses The Great At Abu Simbel
Mark E Tisdale
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There's no way around it. The early morning trek from Aswan to see Abu Simbel was not a highlight. However, it was entirely worth it to stand before these ancient statues of Ramses II in the early morning sun. In fact, I don't recall ever having a tour that was so perfectly timed for arrival with the rising sun. Seeing a temple built to honor the only pharaoh who was given the epithet 'the great' was amazing on its own, but seeing it literally glowing such warm gold and orange hues in the early morning was just breath-taking.
These statues of Ramses and the temple beyond them were carved out of a mountain two thousand years ago to impress the neighbors to the south. And even in a ruined state, they are still pretty impressive today, don't you think? Imagine carving all of this with hand tools from statues to hieroglyphs! I wouldn't even know where to begin with modern implements. You have to admire the skills of the ancient Egyptian artisans. Wow!
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January 10th, 2013
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