A group of old photos of the Temple of Ramses II in Abu9/27/2021, 7:53:12 PM
A group of old photos of the Temple of Ramses II in Abu Simbel During his reign, Ramses II embarked on a large-scale building program throughout Egypt and Nubia, which Egypt took control of. Nubia was important to the Egyptians because it was a source of gold and many other valuable commercial goods. Therefore, Ramses built many great temples there in order to dazzle the Nubians with the power of Egypt and its Egyptianization The most famous temples are the temples carved into the rock near the modern village of Abu Simbel, at the second waterfall of the Nile, on the border between Lower Nubia and Upper Nubia There are two temples, the Great Temple, dedicated to Ramses II himself. And the small temple dedicated to his main wife, Queen Nefertari. The construction of the temple complex began in about 1264 BC and lasted about 20 years until 1244 BC. It was known as the "Temple of Ramesses beloved by Amun."