Abu Simbel Art Works, Reliefs, Frescoes and Hieroglyphics at the Temple of Ramses II

(Abu Simbel, Egypt)

Photo of the stonework at the Temple of Rameses IIThe entrance to the Temple of Ramses II in Abu Simbel is an imposing sight and flanked by a bas-relief, showing images of King Ramesses actually worshipping Ra Harakhut, the god of the two horizons, recognisable by his falcon head. Step inside the Temple of Ramses and you will be overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of ancient reliefs, frescoes and even hieroglyphics.

Abu Simbel tourists entering the Temple of Ramses II will notice the reliefs depicting the Battle of Kadesh (1275 BC), which depicts a staggering 1,100 different figures, including Pharaoh Ramses himself. Ramses can be seen in one picture riding in his chariot towards his enemies, which seems to stand out due to its subtle lighting.

Close-up picture of the statues at the Temple of Rameses II

General Information

Many wonderful, historical scenes line the walls around the vestibule and one particular relief clearly showing Ramses and Nefertari together, next to Amun and Re-Harakhte. Ramses reigned for a total of 67 years, and so there is a lot of history recorded here, shown through the reliefs and hieroglyphics, many of which adorn the grand columns of the temple. It can be quite overwhelming if you try to imagine the intricate carving work being carried out by Egyptians here, so many centuries ago.

There are a number of beautiful frescoes decorating the back rooms at Abu Simbel's Temple of Ramses II, showing many interesting views. If you look very carefully it is even possible to spot some inscriptions and graffiti, carved by the intrepid archaeologists who first explore the temple during the 19th century.