Temples of Abu Simbel

The Abu Simbel temples are two massive rock temples in Abu Simbel, a small village in Nubia, southern Egypt, near the border with Sudan. They are situated on the western bank of Lake Nasser, about 230 km southwest of Aswan (about 300 km by road). The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of PharaohRamesses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari, to commemorate his victory at the Battle of Kadesh.

The complex was relocated in its entirety in 1968, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir. The relocation of the temples was necessary to avoid their being submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser, the massive artificial water reservoir formed after the building of the Aswan High Dam on the Nile River.

The twenty closest neighbours in the database:

Temple of Amada (79 km), Temples of Wadi es-Sebua (107 km), Temples of Kalabscha (186 km), Temple of Philae (228 km), Assuan (Egypt) (235 km), Temple of Kom Ombo (270 km), Temple of Edfu (320 km), Temple of Luxor (388 km), Temples of Karnak (390 km), Temple of Queen Hatshepsut (391 km), Temple of Dendera (436 km), Cairo (Egypt) (859 km), Istanbul (Turkey) (2,092 km), Shiraz (Iran) (2,237 km), Syracuse (Italy) (2,269 km), Persepolis and Naqsh-e Rustam (2,280 km), Isfahan (Iran) (2,280 km), Catania (Italy) (2,313 km), Taormina (Italy) (2,326 km), Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) (2,330 km)

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