Sun rays illuminated the face of Ramses II statue in its sanctuary in the Abu Simple temple in south Aswan - Egypt Today Sun rays illuminated the face of Ramses II statue in its sanctuary in the Abu Simple temple in south Aswan - Egypt Today

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

By: MENA
Tue, Oct. 22, 2019
ASWAN, Egypt, Oct 22 (MENA) - Sun rays illuminated the face of Ramses II statue in its sanctuary in the Abu Simple temple in south Aswan on Tuesday 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.

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Sun rays illuminated the face of Ramses II statue in its sanctuary in the Abu Simple temple in south Aswan - Egypt Today


The phenomenon start at 5:49 am and continued till 6:09 am.

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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Sun rays illuminated the face of Ramses II statue in its sanctuary in the Abu Simple temple in south Aswan - Egypt Today

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Sun rays illuminated the face of Ramses II statue in its sanctuary in the Abu Simple temple in south Aswan - Egypt Today
 
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