Abu Simbel temple

Abu Simbel temple and the neighboring temple built to his beloved wife Nefertari are among the most imposing structures in the world, There are few monuments that have attained such renown.

Yet ironically they remained relatively unknown to the world until threatened by inundation from the waters of the High Dam .

The Great Temple was first discovered by Burckhardt in 1813.

He found it by accident when, journeying along the high western bank of the Nile, he had reason to retrace his steps for a short distance and found himself looking down at a stone figure
previously hidden by a fold in the sandstone cliff Three years later Giovanni Belzoni went to Abu Simbel.

Abu Simbel temple

Abu Simbel temple

All that was then visible was the single head of one of the four colossi It projected above a sand that filled the ravine separating the two temples.