The extraordinary Abu Simbel temples of Aswan, Egypt


Down south near the border with Sudan (and a four-hour flight/11-hour drive from Cairo), another of the country's most famous archaeological sites, this pair of massive temples were cut into rock over the course of 20 years under the watchful eye of Ramses II, intended to serve as a lasting memorial to himself and to a lesser extent his wife Nefertari. It's one of "Egypt's Top 8 Absolute Musts," recently on our blog.



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