Abu Simbel Temples Egypt

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

Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
248403
Names
Abu Simbel Temples
Coordinates
22.3372368° N, 31.6236103° E

Location Map

Map showing the location of Abu Simbel Temples, Aswan Governorate, Egypt. (Note: The address shown in the upper-left panel is sometimes inaccurate.) Click here to view larger.

Aerial View

Aerial view of Abu Simbel Temples, Aswan Governorate, Egypt. (Note: The address shown in the upper-left panel is sometimes inaccurate.) Click here to view larger.

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Timeline

1290 BCE
Temple of Ramses II carved at Abu Simbel
1813
J.L. Burckhardt discovers top frieze of main temple at Abu Simbel
1817
Giovanni Belzoni is the first to enter Abu Simbel in over two millennia
1959
To save the ancient Nubian monuments of southern Egypt from rising waters caused by the Aswan Dam, an international fundraising campaign begins.
1964
Abu Simbel temples moved to save them from rising waters caused by Aswan Dam