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THIS DAY February 22

Posted by Shiva on February 21, 2009

Lets play Spot the Prophet

February 22, 1295 BC – The coronation of Ramses II, on whose face the sun’s rays fall each year in Abu Simbel (Ramesses II,) temple.

Abu Simbel (Arabic أبو سنبل or أبو سمبل) is an archaeological site comprising two massive rock temples in southern Egypt on the western bank of Lake Nasser about 290 km southwest of Aswan. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the “Nubian Monuments” [1], which run from Abu Simbel downriver to Philae (near Aswan).

The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari, to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh, and to intimidate his Nubian neighbors. However, the complex was relocated in its entirety in the 1960s, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan dam reservoir.

The relocation of the temples was necessary to avoid their being submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser, the massive artificial water reservoir formed after the building of the Aswan dam on the Nile River.

(Ramesses II,)Temple remains one of Egypt’s top tourist attractions.

IT ALSO A SYMBOLIZES MOSLEM CONTEMPT OF ANY THING NON ISLAMIC Read the rest of this entry »

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