Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Up to 2,000 tourists witness sun perpendicular on Ramses II face in Abu Simbel

Egypt State Information Service

Up to 2,000 tourists saw in the morning on 22/2/2009 the unique international event to the Sun perpendicular on the face of the King "Ramses II" in his great temple in sanctum in Abu Simble tourist city the rare astronomical and engineering phenomenon are repeated on February 22 and October 22 each year.

The director of Abu Simble antiquities said that "The perpendicular fall of the sun started at 6:25 am this morning and lasted for 24 minutes, the sun reached during this time 60 meters distance inside the temple to reach the sanctum hall announcing the beginning of "Shamo " month, which is the beginning of the harvest season at the ancient Egyptians.

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