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“Abu Simble Temple”

Sound and Light Show - Abu Simbel
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Owner description: The Sound and Light show at Abu Simbel will transport you to the time of the pharaohs. Enchanting you with melodious music, and bringing the ancient world to life around you, the show includes projections onto the temples showing how they once looked. The program is presented in a number of languages with the provision of ear pieces. It is an experience not to be missed, one that will make your visit to Abu Simbel the memory of a lifetime.
Reviewed August 7, 2012

Abu Simbel temples refers to two massive rock temples in Abu Simbel (أبو سمبل in Arabic) in Nubia, southern Egypt on the western bank of Lake Nasser about 230 km southwest of Aswan (about 300 km by road). The complex is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Nubian Monuments,"[1] which run from Abu Simbel downriver to Philae (near Aswan).

The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari, to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh, and to intimidate his Nubian neighbors. However, the complex was relocated in its entirety in 1968, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir.

The relocation of the temples was necessary to avoid their being submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser, the massive artificial water reservoir formed after the building of the Aswan High Dam on the Nile River. Abu Simbel remains one of Egypt's top tourist attractions.

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Reviewed July 29, 2012

We visited Abu Simbel temples in December 2011. We stayed at the beautiful Nubian Eco Lodge which I highly recommend overnight, so that we could see the Light and Sound show at the Abu Simbel Temples. If you are planning to see this great show, give yourself enough time, to see the temples by night and day. Some light and sound shows might not enthuse some people, but we found it both enjoyable and magical at this most amazing of places. Upon arrival after travelling down by 'convoy' from Aswan to Abu Simbel (the township) we were taken to our accommodation. The Nubian Lodge suggested NOt to go to the temples then in the day, but rather wait, rest, and walk the 2 kms around to the temples near dusk to see the Light and Sound Show that we wanted to see. The Show is shown with German translation but English and other translations, are available on a machine that is given for you to wear and so you can hear what translation is required. The show lasts about an hour, but is well worth going to see.
If you stay overnight you can go to the temples as early as about 5.30am and watch the first sun's rays on the temples, and have the whole site basically to yourself, which we did, enabling us to get great photos of the magnificent temples. Entry for the Light and Sound Show 13LE/EGP which pays also for the translation machine. We were also given a free DVD of the Show. Expect to be hounded by touts at the Visitor Centre. It has a large contingent of vendors' shops outside. Visitor centre has toilets and a cafe. Expect to pay 1-2LE for using the toilets and take extra toilet paper with you.

3  Thank Debbie C
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

What an amazing experience visiting Abu Simbel is when you see it for the first time from a boat on Lake Nasser. We arrived on MS Movenpick Prince Abbas having traveled down Lake Nasser for 4 days. If you arrive by coach or fly in you dont get the same impact as arriving on the lake by boat as you arrive at the back of it and only see it as a large hill. We walked around the site during the day and then went back at night for the sound & light show.
The show was ok, not many tourists but the atmosphere was quite wonderful, the imagery was quiter good projected onto the two temples.Worth seeing if you happen to be in the area.

1  Thank Anthony H
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

We saw the Abu Simbel Sound and Light show at the start of our 4 night cruise down Lake Nasser on the M/S Eugenie. It was very well done but the atmosphere was somewhat lacking as there were only 8 of us watching - the full complement of passengers on this 45 cabin boat! This is a lovely cruise ship,with beautiful fittings of the Belle Epoque period. Our cabin was completely done in wood with our own balcony with chairs and a table and a small but nice bathroom with an efficient shower. The dining room produced delicious food and they obviously took pride (justifiably) in what they served. The sundeck was great with lots of varied seating areas and a reasonable pool. We had an excellent guide -Akmal - who escorted us on our visits and the little touches -a cocktail as we sailed over the Tropic of Cancer; listening to Aida on the sundeck as the sun went down and the inevitable showing of Death on the Nile - all added to the charm of this first rate cruise. We were well looked after the whole time and this was a lovely restful way to see parts of Egypt that are off the beaten track but still full of history. Do go!

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Reviewed May 11, 2012

Have been to many sound and light shows and this is certainly one of the best. What's different about it is the way they use the temples and giant projection screens with colourful images rather than just the usual coloured lights. The only downside is that you take potluck with the language as they pick it according to which nationality has the most visitors. We had to suffer German. They give you radios and earbuds with the commentary in English but I found mine wouldn't go loud enough to drown out the German. Still a great experience though

1  Thank TheWilkosUK
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