Abu Simbel, Facade of the Temple of Ramesses II

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Carole Raddato
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published on 14 March 2022

The Great Temple at Abu Simbel was built by Ramesses II and completed around 1264 BCE. It stands 98 feet (30 metres) high and 115 feet (35 metres) long with four seated colossi flanking the entrance, two to each side, depicting Ramesses II seated on a throne and wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. Beneath these giant figures are smaller statues depicting the king's family members and various protecting gods. Above the central doorway is a niche figure of Ra-Horakhty (the "Horus of the Horizon"), and surmounting the Great Temple fa├žade is a frieze of 22 baboons.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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Raddato, C. (2022, March 14). Abu Simbel, Facade of the Temple of Ramesses II. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/15448/abu-simbel-facade-of-the-temple-of-ramesses-ii/

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