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January 18, 2005

Sound and light at Abu Simbel

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Abu Simbel Light Show

There are several ways to see Abu Simbel:
you can take the convoy. This is the cheapest and most popular option, giving you, however, little more than an hour at the site!
The luxury way is to take one of the ships cruising lake Nasser.
We opted for the plane instead: this gave us time to visit the site at daybreak, before the big crowds.
A side-effect of this approach was that we also saw the sound and light show at night.
While we enjoyed the illuminated temple, the laser projections simply were too much!
The picture above shows the Ramses temple with laser beams behind it.
If the statues look a bit blurry: this is due to the fact that during the long exposure time several images were projected on them…

Even worse: The temples were (ab)used as an projection screen! Here you can barely discern the Nefertari temple under the projected image:
Sound and light show, Abu Simbel, Egypt
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Random post from the past:

Inner sanctuary, Abu Simbel

When I last visited Anu Simbel in 2004, it was imposible to take photos of the inner sanctuary. Fortunately, I had already done so 12 years earlier. In the sanctuary there four seated statues of Amun, Ra-Harakhty, Ptah, and Ramesses. The temple was constructed in such a way that the sun shines directly on 3 of the statues during two days of the year only the statue of Ptah - the god of darkness - remains in the shadow. More pictures from Abu Simbel. ...

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