One of the most unique monuments in the world are the two temples at Abu Simbel. In 1964 the three thousand years old temples were removed from their previous site to prevent them buried by the new dam being built at Aswan. The magnificent temple to Ramses and his wife, Nefertari, were dismantled in 20 ton blocks and reassembled on higher Returning to the sandstone cliffs from where they had been hewn, they are now in the exact position for the sun (Egyptian sun god Ra) to make its entry into Ramses statue within the temple and bathe it with light. Please note the size of the Arab guard in blue at the entrance of the temple to get a sense of proportion. Engineers and antiquity experts from all over the world participated in the massive project which attracted world wide attention. Ironically, it had been lost to the world for centuries until in 1813 J. Burckhardt accidentally got a glimpse of the sand covered temples. Since then to today, this site remains a must for all aficionados of Egyptian history and archeologists. Our time was limited because the temperature was up to 120 degrees. On the interior walls of the temple are depicted numerous battles in which Ramses is shown defeating his foes. Actually, these scenes are the product of his revisionist history typical of his constant taking credit for the actions of others, events in which he had little or no participation.