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Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel is the location of two phenomenal ancient temples built in the 13th Century BCE by the Pharoah Ramses II. Carved into two rock mountains on the shore of the River Nile near the Sudanese border, the UNESCO World Heritage site consists of an ornate temple dedicated to the Pharoah and commemorating his victory at the Battle of Kadesh against the Hittite Empire, and the other temple dedicated to his wife Queen Nefertari.

The iconic temples feature colossal statues of Ramses and Nefertari on the exterior and incrediblly well-preserved wall carvings and painted murals on the interior. Incredibly, the entire complex was painstakingly relocated from its original location in 1968, in order to keep it away from the rising waters of Lake Nasser following the construction of the Aswan Dam.