|The Temple of Ramesses II, Abu Simbel, with Lake Nasser in the background.|
|From Cairo, Abu Simbel is a day-long, not-very-scenic |
bus ride or a two-hour flight.
|Even sliced into pieces, some of the temple |
stones weighed as much as fifteen tons.
|The new location of the temples looks very much like the old. A concrete dome protects the interior as the rocky hillside surrounding the temples was recreated.|
|An artist's depiction juxtaposing the ancient religious rituals to present day tourist rituals.|
|The earliest photos of Abu Simbel are those of the French Egyptologist, John Beasley Greene dating from 1854. A later photo (above-top) indicates the complex had been mostly excavated by 1923.|
|A model of the site suggests the extreme lengths engineers had to go to in moving the temples above Lake Nasser's high waterline.|
|Everywhere, Ramesses sought to insure that his glorious military victories would never be forgotten. It seems he succeeded.|
|Far less is known as to the much smaller Temple of Hathor and Nefertari.|
|The statue flanking the left side of the entrance to Ramesses' temple (second image above) was damaged during an ancient earthquake. The face was destroyed during the fall.|
|Would Ramesses be impressed or aghast?|
|I'm not sure what the significance|
of the guardian baboons might be.