EGYPT: November-December 2013.
The rock of Abu Simbel is famous for its two Temples, carved in it during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, as the monument to himself and to his queen Nefertari, to commemorate his victory at the Battle of Kadesh.
For a long time these Temples were completely buried under the sand, while in 1813 the Swiss traveler Jean-Louis Burckhardt accidentally discovered a part of the top structures, looking out from under the sand. A few years later, after a major excavations, the Temples of Abu Simbel were completely released from the sands of Sahara Desert. Read more >>