The Great Temple of Rameses II

The Great Temple of Rameses II

Buried in the sand for millennia until a Swiss explorer stumbled upon it in 1813, this temple built in 1274BC stands as a testament to the greatness of the pharaohs. It was carved out of a mountain in the Nubian desert in Abu Simbel, Egypt near the Sudanese border. In order to save it from the rising waters of the Nile when they built the Aswan Dam, it was relocated in a massive operation several meters above its old location where a mini-mountain was constructed to house it. You can only visit it if you go on an organized tour that leaves in a convoy from Cairo early in the morning at 4:00AM then come back in the afternoon after spending a couple of hours at the site.

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