Who does this? Well, Pharaoh II of Egypt's 19th Dynasty did in honor of his victory at the Battle of Kadesh.
About Abu Simbel
Built at the border between Lower and Upper Nubia, Abu Simbel Temples are rock-cut twin monuments dedicated to Ramesses II and wife Queen Nefertari. Originally located some 65 meters lower and 200 meters closer to the Nile, the riverside temples were moved in 1968 as a result of the rising waters of the nearby Aswan Dam. The project took 4 years to complete and costs upwards of $300M in today's dollars. We look forward to visiting this historic site during EBST's upcoming #IndulgeInEgypt experience in April.
A little history of Abu Simbel:
Constructed c. 1279 - c. 1213 BCE
Rediscovered in 1813 by the Swiss researcher Johann Ludwig Burckhardt
First explored in 1817 by Egyptologist Giovanni Battista Belzoni
now a UNESCO World Heritage Site
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