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Over 1,200 tourists witness sun alignment on King Ramses II’s face at Abu Simbel

About 1,270 tourists, including 520 Egyptians, watched the sun alignment on King Ramses II’s face in Aswan’s Abu Simbel temple on Friday morning.

The sun falls perpendicular to the face of the statue of Ramses II twice a year on October 22 and February 22.

The director of Aswan and Nuba Antiquities Abdel Moneim Saeed confirmed that the phenomenon began at 5:53 am and lasted for 23 minutes.

He added it was watched by more than 81 public figures.

Sunlight also illuminated the statues sitting next to Ramses II of the sun gods Re-Horakhte and Amon-Re on February 22 and October 22.

These statues sit in the company of the Theban god of darkness, Ptah, who remains in the shadows all year.

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