22 February 2013

Egypt: Sun Falls On Face of Ramses II for 20 Minutes

The Sun fell on the face of Ramses II on Friday 22/02/2013 for twenty minutes, a phenomenon that happens twice a year, Ahmed Saleh, Head of Abu Simbel Archaeological Site said.

Saleh said the sun began to shine 6:24 in the morning and lasted for 21 minutes.

The sun falling perpendicularly on Ramses II face at Abu Simbel Temple, a rare astronomical and engineering phenomenon, happens on February 22, the day he ascended to the throne and October 22, his birthday, each year.

About 3,500 people and tourists gathered in one of the site to attend the unique event.

On these two days of the year, shafts of sunlight enter the temple and illuminate the statues of the great King Ramses II himself, and the two sun gods to which he dedicated the temple -Re-Horakhte and Amen-Re who are seated beside the Theban god Ptah, the god of darkness.

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