Past Events

Celebrating the King’s B-Day

Event Details

Thursday, 22 02 2018

12:00 AM - 22 Feb 12:00 AM


In 1813, Swiss orientalist Jean-Louis Burckhardt found the top frieze of a gigantic temple. Belzoni returned in 1817, and succeeded to enter the temple which was known later to the whole world as the great Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

The temple was positioned by the ancient architects so that the sun will shine on the king’s face on his birthday and coronation day. After the saving of the temple, these two events has moved one day closer to the Solstice, so they would occur on October 21 and February 21, while Aswan and the world celebrate the events, gathering at sunrise to watch the marvel taking place at dawn.