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FRIDAY, October 07, 2022
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Egypt's Abu Simbel temple fills visitors with wonder

Egypt's Abu Simbel temple fills visitors with wonder

THURSDAY, February 24, 2022

Visitors flocked around the ancient Abu Simbel temple in southern Egypt's Aswan to witness the sun alignment phenomenon of the famous Nubian monument on Tuesday.

The temple is in a position where the inner statues of the ancient Egyptian King Ramses II and the sun gods gleam twice each year on Feb. 22 and Oct. 22 under the direct sunlight that illuminate the sanctuary.

People gather at the temple on these days, named the Sun Festival, to witness the scene. Throughout the rest of the year, the statues remain in darkness.

Built by Ramses II, the complex is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, known as the "Nubian Monuments."

Tourists visited the ancient rock-cut Abu Simbel temple in southern Egypt

Sculptures of the Great Temple of Abu Simbel are illuminated by a ray of sunlight during the Sun Festival in Aswan, Egypt, Feb. 22, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Dongzhen)

Tourists visited the ancient rock-cut Abu Simbel temple in southern Egypt

Tourists visited the ancient rock-cut Abu Simbel temple in southern Egypt

Tourists visited the ancient rock-cut Abu Simbel temple in southern Egypt

Tourists visited the ancient rock-cut Abu Simbel temple in southern Egypt

Tourists visited the ancient rock-cut Abu Simbel temple in southern Egypt