Abu Simbel, Aswan Governorate

Temple of Ramses
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Abu Simbel is an archaeological site in southern Egypt with two massive rock temples: the Temple of Ramses II and the Temple of Nefertari.

Go Historic ID
318154
Short URL
gohist.co/318154
Names
Abu Simbel
Address

Aswan Governorate, Egypt
Coordinates
22.337123° N, 31.625903° E
Date Published
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
April 11, 2015

Timeline

-1290
Temple of Ramses II carved at Abu Simbel

The Temple of Ramses II is carved from living rock at Abu Simbel in southern Egypt.

1964
Abu Simbel temples moved to save them from rising waters caused by Aswan Dam

To save the ancient temples of Abu Simbel from the rising waters caused by the Aswan Dam, the entire site is dismantled and reassembled 65 m higher and 200 m back from the river.

1813
J.L. Burckhardt discovers top frieze of main temple at Abu Simbel

Swiss orientalist J.L. Burckhardt discovers the top frieze of the main temple at Abu Simbel, which has been buried in the sand for centuries.

1817
Giovanni Belzoni is the first to enter Abu Simbel in over two millennia

Italian explorer Giovanni Belzoni is the first to enter the temple complex at Abu Simbel in over two millennia. He removes everything valuable and portable.

1959

To save the ancient Nubian monuments of southern Egypt from rising waters caused by the Aswan Dam, an international fundraising campaign begins.