King Ramses II's Narcissism: The Temples of Abu Simbel

7

Forget about the three Great Pyramids, the Temples of Abu Simbel are the most magnificent monuments in the world!

Located close to the southern border with Sudan, it is 280 km south of Aswan and consists of two, rock-cut Temples (The Temple of King Ramses II & The Temple of Nefertari), which both date back to the reign of King Ramses II (1290-1223 BC).

When the Egyptians decided to build the High Dam in Lake Nasser, the Temples of Abu Simbel were facing the danger of flooding. As the temples are being recognized by the UNESCO, they, and other countries had offered help to save this wonder. The two Temples were cut into many pieces, and then they were reconstructed on a site 65m higher than the original location, and 200m back inland, to escape the rising water level. This great rescue operation began in June 1964 and finished in September 1968.

Why I say King Ramses II is narcissistic?

The first Temple was built by King Ramses II and is dedicated to the God Re-Hor-Akhty, Amon, Ptah, and King Ramses II as a deified King. There are four seated colossi of the King; each one is 20m tall and represents the King seated on his throne wearing the double crown, accompanied by 3 small figures of his wives, daughters and sons flanking his legs in front of the temple to show his power.

You can feel how little you are under his legs.

Next to the Temple of Ramses II is the Temple of Queen Nefertari which was also built by Ramses II dedicated to the Goddess Hathor and to his most beloved wife. At the front contains 6 standing colossi, each one being about 11m in height. Four of them represent Ramses II again and the other two represent Queen Nefertari, each is accompanied by two smaller figures of their children.

It is such a breathtaking view standing in front of these two temples.
There are also guards and locals sitting somewhere chit-chatting under the sun.
However, in order to protect the site, it is forbidden to take photos inside both temples.

With the Lomo spirit inside me, remembering the 10 golden rules, most importantly – ’Don’t Think, Just Shoot’, I secretly brought my LC-A and took this:

I hope I won’t be cursed by King Ramses II. :p

Reference:
http://www.ask-aladdin.com/abusimble.html

written by jenlifa on 2011-05-03 in #world #locations #temple-of-abu-simbel #nefertari #summer #egypt #ramses-ii #landmark #unesco

7 Comments

  1. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    I always wanted to go here! Nice pictures, hope you don't get cursed! (;

  2. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Wonderful photos, no curses, you're safe!!

  3. jenlifa
    jenlifa ·

    thanks a lot saidseni & herbert-4!!

  4. willyboy
    willyboy ·

    Great photos, really want to go here. Why didn't you show us the Stargate though?

  5. aprilia
    aprilia ·

    Amazing! Wish I could go there

  6. ashraf-mrr-mrr
    ashraf-mrr-mrr ·

    Hotel ,Travel , I-Travel , Airlines , Tour, Trip , Motel , Cruise , Last Minute , Online Booking , Holiday , At Travel , Cheap Travel , Budget holiday
    Most Trusted online Booking on the web
    www.bookholiday.org

  7. ashraf-mrr-mrr
    ashraf-mrr-mrr ·

    Hotel ,Travel , I-Travel , Airlines , Tour, Trip , Motel , Cruise , Last Minute , Online Booking , Holiday , At Travel , Cheap Travel , Budget holiday
    Most Trusted online Booking on the web
    www.bookholiday.org

More Interesting Articles

  • Photo of the Day by palkina

    written by cheeo on 2014-09-05 in #news
    Photo of the Day by palkina

    Forget about the sticky weather. Even if you are both covered in sand and sweat, give your closest bro a warm hug for the great summer you shared!

    2
  • Glastonbury As Seen Through the New Petzval 85 Lens by Taio Konishi

    written by ciscoswank on 2015-07-10 in #people #lifestyle #lomoamigos
    Glastonbury As Seen Through the New Petzval 85 Lens by Taio Konishi

    The Glastonbury Festival is arguably one of the most anticipated and renowned music festivals in the world. It is a joy to be able to watch it, and a privilege to capture scenes on and off stage. Apart from creating beautiful portraits, the Petzval Lens is great for adding an albeit subtle drama to the already spectacular scenes of music festivals. Japanese photographer Taio Konishi photographed this year's Glastonbury with a Petzval 85mm Lens, and here are some of the photos. He also talks about his Petzval-meets-Glastonbury experience in this exclusive.

    3
  • Photo Stories: Panorama EBS at Stonehenge #1 by buckshot

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-06-25 in #world #locations
    Photo Stories: Panorama EBS at Stonehenge #1 by buckshot

    Located in Wiltshire, England, the Stonehenge is among the most recognizable monuments in the world. In this case, though, buckshot literally flipped his film to give us a unique, new perspective.

    2
  • Shop News

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    Really want to bring your film photos to life? We’re now offering totally analogue fine art prints in a host of large sizes and formats! Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • Today in History (1956): Elvis Presley Makes His First Appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show'

    written by chooolss on 2014-09-09 in #lifestyle
    Today in History (1956): Elvis Presley Makes His First Appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show'

    It most certainly wasn't the King of Rock and Roll's national TV debut, yet it's arguably one of his most remembered performances. Fifty-eight years ago, Elvis Presley made his first of three historic appearances on the famous "The Ed Sullivan Show."

  • Kyoto in a Heartbeat

    written by kenaz on 2015-07-30 in #gear #lifestyle
    Kyoto in a Heartbeat

    Like a cluster of cherry blossoms, the temples in Kyoto can stop visitors in their tracks. These people assume the pose of a statue, a camera dangling from their neck and hands. On a first visit especially, the impulse to photograph every angle is constant. The Kinkaku-ji Temple and the torii-lined Fushimi Inari-Taisha are always packed; one would think the tourists would hurry along. But really, many are busy taking snatches of Kyoto with them.

  • Lomography Petzval Lens Photography Tips

    written by gothcupcake on 2014-08-14 in #gear #tipster
    Lomography Petzval Lens Photography Tips

    My boyfriend Scott (@xtharnx) and I are based in Phoenix, Arizona and enjoy experimenting with the Lomography Petzval Lens for its fabulous bokeh effects and dreamy, swirly portraits. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your Petzval Lens.

  • Shop News

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!

  • PYHOF: Saccharine Declarations

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-05-29 in #world #lifestyle
    PYHOF: Saccharine Declarations

    Three words, a myriad ways to express. Here are some of of the sweetest possible ways of declaration, in tunes.

  • Photo Stories: Cambodian Kid at Angkor Wat by tattso

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-06-15 in #world #locations
    Photo Stories: Cambodian Kid at Angkor Wat by tattso

    The Angkor Wat boasts of magnificent views not found anywhere else in the world yet tattso was able to see beyond that and observe another, perhaps lesser known, side of it.

  • A Salute to the Masters: R.I.P. (A Tribute to George Krause)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-06-20 in #world #lifestyle
    A Salute to the Masters: R.I.P. (A Tribute to George Krause)

    This article is dedicated to the multifaceted American photographer George Krause and to his series depicting funeral monuments realized between 1962 and 1963. I was able to know about this series thanks to an important essay on photography written by former Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Director of Photography, John Szarkowski. For this tribute, I loaded my trusty Praktica camera with a roll of Ilford film and took a series of photos in the Monumental Cemetery in my city, Como. Take a look!

    2
  • Shop News

    the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

     the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

    Let your loved one pick the gift of their dreams. Lomography Online Shop Gift Certificates are the perfect present for every analogue devotee on your gift list

  • Photo Stories: Ha Long Bay by antiox

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-06-23 in #world #locations
    Photo Stories: Ha Long Bay by antiox

    A UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site, Ha Long Bay ranks as one of the world's most spectacular natural sights. Local lore states that it was created in ancient Vietnam by a great dragon that rained fire and giant emeralds to invading troops. Here, antiox shares an anecdote from his trip there last year.

  • Celebration of the Bees: NYC Honey Week

    written by mindofmyra on 2014-09-23 in #events
    Celebration of the Bees: NYC Honey Week

    New York City celebrated the bees that pollinate the world and we got to participate in the family-friendly extravaganza on Beach 97 Boardwalk, Rockaway, Boardwalk. There was art, food, music, crafts, a Bee Marketplace, and lots of sweet sweet honey. Check out the highlights of Honey Week, Honey Fest and all that we learned about the great bees that pollinate our world!

  • A Salute to the Masters: Ducks (A Tribute to Henri Cartier-Bresson)

    written by sirio174 on 2014-11-01 in #lifestyle
    A Salute to the Masters: Ducks (A Tribute to Henri Cartier-Bresson)

    This article is dedicated to arguably one of the most famous street photographers in the world, Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004). On this occasion, I felt obliged to write a tribute to this great artist whom I consider the "Mozart of Photography." His photos are inimitable, and to try to reproduce his innate sense of composition, harmony, and choice of the right moment is but an illusion. So I chose an unusual way to pay tribute, the only way possible for me. Take a look!

    2