Sun rays illuminated the face of Ramses II statue in its sanctuary in the Abu Simple temple in south Aswan on Thursday October 22,2020 for 20 minutes in a rare phenomenon that takes place twice a year.
For most of the year, the inner sanctum of the main temple at Abu Simbel is shrouded in darkness.
The phenomenon started at 5:55 am and continued for 20 minutes, said Abdel Moneim Saeed, General Director of the Aswan Antiquities.
On February 22, a day celebrating the king's birthday and again on October 22, a day celebrating his coronation, sunlight illuminates seated statues of the sun gods Re-Horakhte and Amon-Re, as well as the statue of king Ramses II.
The statues sit in the company of the Theban god of darkness, Ptah (who remains in the shadows all year).