During the Sun Feast at Abu Simbel Temple, held each year on October and February 22, a spotlight is shown on the engineering ingenuity of the ancient Egyptians. Literally.
One of the most stunning temple sites in all of Egypt, the temple was designed to allow sunlight to flood into the inner rooms on the temple on these two dates – bathing the statues on the back wall in bright light, including a statue of Pharaoh Ramses II, who commissioned the construction of the temple. The only statue that isn’t illuminated by the sun is Ptah, the god of the Underworld.
While the exact meaning of the dates and the festival are no longer known, it surely would have further promoted the idea that Pharaoh Ramses II was a god on earth.
Get to Egypt with Osiris Tours
The festival can best be experienced first-hand on Osiris Tours’ luxury Egypt 9-day King Tut Adventure. One of the company’s most popular itineraries, visitors will follow in the footsteps of the legendary boy king of Egypt while maximizing the time spent soaking up the culture and history of Egypt.
All elements of this 9-day King Tut Adventure can be customized. Prices start at $2,800 per person and include all accommodations, guides, entrance fees and meals listed on the final itinerary.
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