Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel, photo by Ad Meskens
Abu Simbel (photo by Ad Meskens)
 

Abu Simbel is a village on the Nile River located in southern Egypt, not far from the Sudan border.

The village is the center of a complex of Nubian monuments that collectively form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The most significant of the monuments is the Great Temple of Ramses II, the enormous size of which archeologists have concluded was intended to scare potential enemies approaching Egypt’s southern region as they travelled down the Nile from out of Africa.

The temples at Abu Simbel were formerly located further down the hillside, but building of the Aswan Dam required relocation. In the 1960’s, each temple was carefully sawed into numbered stone cubes, moved uphill, and reassembled before the water rose.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
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(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
 

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Nefertari Hotel Abu Simble

Overlooking Nasser Lake, Nefertari Hotel Abu Simble offers air-conditioned rooms. It has an outdoor pool surrounded by loungers. Free WiFi is available. Rooms have views of the gardens, pool, or the surrounding Nasser Lake. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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Overlooking the Lake Nasser, Tuya Hotel is situated 1 km from Temple of Abu Simbel. The property features free WiFi access and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Some rooms have a seating area to relax in after a busy... Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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Tuya hotel

Tuya hotel

Overlooking the Lake Nasser, Tuya Hotel is situated 1 km from Temple of Abu Simbel. The property features free WiFi access and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Some rooms have a seating area to relax in after a busy... Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$35

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Nefertari Hotel Abu Simble

Nefertari Hotel Abu Simble

Overlooking Nasser Lake, Nefertari Hotel Abu Simble offers air-conditioned rooms. It has an outdoor pool surrounded by loungers. Free WiFi is available. Rooms have views of the gardens, pool, or the surrounding Nasser Lake. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$72 - $200

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Archeological Sites
Abu Simbel as an archeological site saved from the rising waters of Lake Nasser, growing behind the Aswan Dam, in a massive archaeological rescue plan sponsored by UNESCO in the 1960s. The complex of temples is dedicated to the Pharaoh Ramsis II "the Great". The Great Temple of Ramses II was reassembled fronting a fake mountain, built like a domed basketball court, where the stone cubes occupy a section under the dome; from outside, the fake mountain looks like solid rock.

Archaeologists have concluded that the immense sizes of the statues in the Great Temple were intended to scare potential enemies approaching Egypt's southern region, as they travelled down the Nile from out of Africa.
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