News ID: 239273
Published: 0814 GMT February 23, 2019

Egypt: Tourists watch rare sun event at ancient temple

Egypt: Tourists watch rare sun event at ancient temple

On Friday African diplomats and other tourists gathered to watch a rare sun phenomenon in Egypt.

They gathered to watch the statue of Pharaoh Ramses II at Egypt’s Abu Simbel temples was lit up by the sun’s dawn, wrote.

The phenomenon which occurs twice a year happens on February 22 and October 22 each year

During the phenomenon sunlight beams through the dark chamber of the Great Temple of Ramses II.

It eventually illuminates the statue of Pharaoh, captivating the imagination of visitors.

The temple is believed to be 3,000 years old and was built during the rule of Ramses II in the 19th dynasty.

The temple sits on the western bank of the Nile River in Egypt’s south.

This and many other ancient facilities and sites in Egypt attracts thousands of tourists yearly.

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