Egypt: Abu Simbel Temples Revenues Hit 3.5 Million Pounds in 2012

Temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel and the Sanctuary of Isis at Philae, 230 km southwest of Aswan, have posted revenues worth 3.5 million pounds during 2012.

The twin temples were visited by 36,180 foreign and local tourists, said Ahmed Saleh, the manager of the Abu Simbel and Nubian antiquities, on Saturday.

Saleh added that February and October saw the highest record of visitors in 2012.

The 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.

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