In Aswan (on the Nile in the south of Egypt) we went to Abu Simbel just 40km north or Sudan to see King Ramses' temple -- A MUST SEE.
Here it is... King Ramses built this around 1270 BC as a show of power and a way to scare off potential invaders in the south. Back then Ethiopia and tribes in Sudan were powerful and were a threat to Egypt.
Stepping back. Second statue from the left had succumb to time -- top half now lies on the ground in front of it.
Temple of Hathor. This was built for Ramses' wife, Nefertari, whose statue was given the same size as Ramses himself (statue next to her). Back then women were worshipped. Interesting how current religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Budhism) have set the female way back -- it's all about power and control..
Video: Checking out King Ramses' work.
This woman is worshipped! Yay! This is at the Temple of Philae area -- here, Christi is inside the Temple of Isis. History coming to life as she tries to read the carvings and heiroglyphics: "Be happy everyday ...and by the way, sacrifice a chicken or two for me."
Video: Checking out the Temple of Philae compound.
In the Temple of Philae area. An Egyptian, a tourist, and Christi.