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Our 6th Day of Holiday part 1

Tanjas Birthday, Abu Simbel, Kitchenerīs Island und Nubian Night




Waiting for the departure to Abu Simbel Today is Tanjas birthday. Today is Abu Simbel. At 3 o'clock is waking. And after so little sleep. Thus showered, dressed and having breakfast. At four a.m. we arrive at the collecting station at the border of Aswan. Here already some busses wait and some more join later.

Shortly after half past four we start. In front a car from the "tourist policy" and the military, arms to the teeth. The usually young soldiers make a rather helpless impression. One sits with his Kalaschnikov also in our bus. In between the busses there are still some cars with armed policemen and naturally also at the end of the convoy, which consists of approximately 30 busses and minibuses. One is for sure, if we will be attacked, our guard will not recognise it, it sleeps already after 5 minutes peacefully.

The "convoy" is no more to be recognised as a convoy after 10 minutes. The bus in front of us is to be recognised only weakly and behind us there is no more bus to be seen.
Sunset in the desert
We have to make 260 kilometres through the desert. Arabi promises us a marvellous sunrise "... if no Austrian clouds are in the sky ". What shall I am to say, for sure clouds on the horizon.

After scarcely 3 hours we reach Abu Simbel. I am glad. I could sleep not in the bus. My legs knock always against at the edges of the front seat and the backrest is too short, in order to lean the head against it.

In Abu Simbel the usual picture, police everywhere. One does not notice it already any longer. It is standard pic after a few days. After the course by the metal-detector (Beeeeeeep), scanning and look into the backpack we are finite on the area. Particularly inconspicuously again once the young men are in badly fitting suits, the submachine guns hiding under the jacket. Well, the usual picture.

Then finite we have a view on the temples of Abu Simbel. The pictures you can see down.

Honestly said, somehow I am disappointed by Abu Simbel. Probably it is in addition, because of it that one has no more view after one week "temple and grave route" for the beauty and the enormous technical achievement, although Abu Simbel became to expenditure-strike not, as all other temples built stone on stone, but completely from the solid rock. Itself the whole relief's and Gods are too similar. I will read myself completely about this at home.

The characteristic at Abu Simbel is that the two temples in a joint action of the UNESCO were protected from sinking into the Nassr lake, by dividing them into 1.036 enormous blocks sawed and in safe place as original-faithfully as possible again putted together. This action took 4 years and cost 42 millions USS.

Only a small mistake happened in the reconstruction. With the following pictures it is in the 4th row from down completely on the right to be seen.

All all this was lit up in each case on 20.2. and to 20.10 at present day and night-same by the jets of the coming up sun, which penetrate through the whole temple. Here the statues of Ramses II. , Harmakhis and Amon RA are lit up, the statue of Ptah, the God of the darkness, is never met during this 20 minutes show by the jets of the sun.

With the re-established temple this show was shifted by one day to the rear, does not occur thus no more to day and night-same, again a reference to the ingenious Egyptian architects of the past.

View at the Nassr Lake Stonepates with inscribes First view at the Temple of Abu Simbel The Temple in the rocks of Abu Simbel
The hathor Temple, Ramses let the temple built for the honor of his wife Nefertari View at the Nassr lake The entrance to the temple of Ramses II with the statues of the Pharaos at the entrance The entrance to the temple of Ramses II with the statues of the Pharaos at the entrance
The entrance to the Hathor temple with statues of Ramses II and Nefertari The statues Ramses II. are approx.. 20 m highly The sun god Re Frieze with 22 praying baboons (scrap view)
Hathortemple Ramses II. and Nefertari Relief the more inside one the temple Relief the more inside one the temple
Relief the more inside one the temple Relief the more inside one the temple Relief the more inside one the temple Relief the more inside one the temple
Relief the more inside one the temple Goddes Hathor as cow Statues at the entranceto the Hathor Temple Statues at the entranceto the Hathor Temple
Writing board Writing board Temple Ramses II. Temple Ramses II.
God Re Horushawk This part of the statue already dropped during its lifetimes during an earthquake Statues
Ramsses II. Ramsses II. Relief with nubian refugies Inside the temple
Inside the temple Inside the temple Inside the temple Inside the temple
Inside the temple Inside the temple Inside the temple The sanctum of the temple. The statues represent Ramses II., Amun RA, Harmakhis and Ptah. Ptah, the God of the darkness, is never met by the jets of the sun
Inside the temple Inside the temple Inside the temple Inside the temple
Inside the temple Ramses II. Nassr Lake 2 Egypt travelers in front of the Hathor temple
Nassr Lake red kite in the sky 2 Egypt travelers in front of the temple of Ramses II. Nassr Lake


At 10 o'clock then the convoy goes back to Aswan, where we arrive so punctual that we have still a little bit of time up to the lunch. The driver must have taken an abbreviation, because is already considerable altogether 270 kilometres in 2 1/2 hours and a maximum speed for penalty of 80 km/h.




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