One of Egypt’s Top Tourist Attractions
Other than the famous and amazing notion that in 1964 they had to move the whole temples to a higher and constructed hill to save them from being submerged by the Aswan High Dam; these temples are known for their amazing and spectacular solar phenomenon they had hidden inside them.
It is believed that the axis of the temple was positioned by the ancient Egyptian architects in such a way that on October 21 and February 21, the rays of the sun would penetrate the sanctuary and illuminate the sculptures on the back wall, except for the statue of Ptah, the god connected with the Underworld, who always remained in the dark.
Why these dates were chosen? No one is certain.
One of the alleged ideas it is that was when the King’s coronation was on October the 21st and his birthday was on February 21st.
There is no evidence behind such a hypothesis but it makes sense that these dates have to correspond with an eventful time.
In fact, according to calculations made on the basis of the heliacal rising of the star Sirius (Sothis) and inscriptions found by archaeologists, this date must have been October 22. This image of the king was enhanced and revitalized by the energy of the solar star, and the deified Ramesses the Great could take his place next to Amun Ra and Ra-Horakhty.
Due to the displacement of the temple and/or the accumulated drift of the Tropic of Cancer during the past 3,280 years, it is widely believed that each of these two events has moved one day closer to the Solstice, so they would be occurring on October 22 and February 20 (60 days before and 60 days after the Solstice, respectively).
This solar phenomena was given an amazing Google doodle today: ((Since it is October 22nd))
I, myself, an Egyptian, have been to Luxor and Aswan once in my life; and had Abu Simbel temples in my to-do and to-visit lists. But I did not get the chance or the time to do that. I am determined to get back there and visit these amazing temples and maybe on the days the solar phenomena happens.
THAT WOULD BE AMAZING. 😉 .. to witness such a WONDER 😀 😀
If you haven’t been there yet, you might have seen them and you did not know it. Thanks to Wikipedia I found out that these temples were pretty popular with the limelight; like they say. And down below I quote more of their texts 😀
- The temple is the fictional field headquarters of MI6 in the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, containing M’s office, a conference room, and Q’s laboratory.
- The temple is a setting of the 1978 film Agatha Christie‘s Death on the Nile, where the statues “sing” because of the wind in the crevices (similar to wind blowing over a bottle).
- The temple is shown in 2001’s The Mummy Returns, as a way to the Oasis of Ahm-Shere.
- Team America mistakenly blows up the temple when they miss fleeing terrorists in Team America: World Police (2004).
- The temple can be seen briefly in the background of the city-planet of Coruscant when Queen Amidala’s ship first arrives in Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace.
- The temple is a playable tomb in The Sims 3: World Adventures.
- In the video game TimeSplitters, the entrance to the tomb in the first level – “1935 Tomb” – looks like Abu Simbel, except that the fourth statue is broken in addition to the second.
- The 1985 computer game Abu Simbel Profanation written by Dinamic Software and released by Gremlin Graphics in the UK, has game play based around the temples and Egyptian setting.
- In the book by Matthew Reilly – The Six Sacred Stones, the lead character – Captain Jack West Jr., leads an expedition to the temple to locate the fictional First Vertex, and to place a “Piller” in said Vertex.
It is October 22nd, a few more days for Halloween; maybe such a post would help you to decide what character you would wear this coming Halloween.
A Mummy is a choice I am considering 😀 😉