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Abu Simbel Sun Festival

Abu Simbel Sun Festival

The Abu Simbel Sun Festival The only event in Egypt is the Festival of the Sun.

This unique attraction takes place in the Abu Simbel Temple and happens only twice a year.

The Abu Simbel Sun Festival is a bi-annual event that takes place at the spectacular temple of Ramses II in the south of Egypt.

On two days of the year, the central chamber of the temple is illuminated by the sun. For a short period,

the sun aligns perfectly to illuminate the inner sanctum of the normally dark interior.

Clever architecture means that the temple’s inner statues of Ra (the sun god) and Amun (the king of the gods) are illuminated.

Only Ptah, the god of darkness, remains in the shadow. This event has been taking place for over 3,200 years.

Abu Simbel Sun Festival

When does the Abu Simbel Sun Festival take place?

The event occurs twice a year – on the 22nd of February and the 22nd of October. When the temple of Ramses II was first built,

the Sun Festival was celebrated a day earlier, on the 21st of February – reportedly the anniversary of Ramses’ ascension to the throne,

and on the 21st of October, his believed birthday.

The temple was built so that the inner sanctums were perfectly aligned with the sun’s rays on just these two dates of the year – at all other times, the inner sanctuary sits in darkness.

That is why this event is unique and is truly a great attraction for many tourists and residents of Egypt.

Everyone is left breathless, admiring the unique architecture and preservation of this temple.

Definitely that the ancient Egyptians were one of the most advanced civilizations.

If you live in Egypt or plan to have your second home or holiday apartment here,

be sure that life here will be very interesting for you and that you will always have the opportunity to enrich yourself culturally by enjoying the beautiful monuments of ancient rulers.

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