The phenomenon of the sun perpendicular to the face of King Ramses at the Temple of Abu Simbel

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A short while ago, the phenomenon of the sun perpendicular to the face of King Ramses II in Abu Simbel, a unique astronomical Pharaonic phenomenon that is repeated twice every year, October 22 and February 22.

The sun’s rays crept into the temple corridor and reached the Holy of Holies with a length of 60 meters, where King Ramses II sits next to 3 other statues of two ancient Egyptians, the statue of the god Ra Hor, his sister, the god Amun, and a fourth statue of the god Ptah. It is worth mentioning that the sun does not perpendicular to the The face of the statue of “Ptah”, which the ancients considered the god of darkness, and the phenomenon lasts for only 20 minutes.

Dr. Abdel Moneim Saeed, Director General of Aswan and Nubia Antiquities, confirmed that there is an emphasis on the application of precautionary measures inside the temple, taking into account the social distance between tourists visiting the temple, the use of sterilization and disinfection materials, and keenness to wear masks, and other measures that ensure safety among visitors during their presence in the temple. .





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