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A Natural Phenomenon That Happens Only Twice A Year: The Sun Rose On Pharaoh

The statue of Pharaoh Ramses II in the Abu Simbel Temple in the Egyptian city of Aswan was struck by sunlight. This historic event only occurs on October 22, the "birthday" of Ramses II, and February 22, his "coronation day", and lasts for 20 minutes.

Sunlight hit the statue of Pharaoh Ramses II in the Abu Simbel Temple in Aswan, Egypt.

According to Egypt’s state-owned Ahram newspaper, 4,100 local and foreign tourists watched the natural phenomenon, which happens only twice a year.

The event at Abu Simbel Temple was accompanied by various celebrations and folklore performances.

It is known that Abu Simbel and its surroundings were an important region in terms of astronomy in Egypt during the reign of the Pharaohs.

Northwest of Abu Simbel, there is a stone compass dating back 11 thousand years and a stone clock showing the time of rainfall.

There are 4 giant statues of Ramses at the gate of the Abu Simbel Temple in Aswan, which was built in 20 years by hollowing out the mountain.

This historical event takes place only on October 22, the “birthday” of Ramses II, and February 22, his “coronation day”, and lasts for 20 minutes.

In ancient Egypt, October 22, when the sun’s rays hit the face of the statue of Pharaoh Ramses II, marked the beginning of the “agricultural” season, while February 22 marked the beginning of the “harvest” season.

Mücahid Ahlatçı

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