Temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel, Aswan
Temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel, Aswan

Sun rays illuminate face of Ramses II in Aswan Friday for 20 minutes

Wed, Feb. 20, 2019
CAIRO, Feb 20 (MENA) - Sun rays will illuminate the face of Ramses II statue in its sanctuary in the Abu Simple temple in south Aswan on Friday for 20 minutes in a rare phenomenon that takes place twice a year.

For most of the year, the inner sanctum of the main temple at Abu Simbel is shrouded in darkness.

The phenomenon will start at 6:23 am and continue for nearly 20 to 25 minutes.

On February 22, a day celebrating the king's birthday and again on October 22, a day celebrating his coronation, sunlight illuminates seated statues of the sun gods Re-Horakhte and Amon-Re, as well as the statue of king Ramses II.

The statues sit in the company of the Theban god of darkness, Ptah (who remains in the shadows all year).
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