Egypt Independent

Egyptian Antiquities Center publishes new book on Abu Simbel



The Egyptian Antiquities Registration Center, part of Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, has issued a new book in French titled: “Le Grand Temple D’Abou Simpel Les Sales Nord Du Tresor,” which translates to “The Northern Treasure Chambers of the Great Abu Simbel Temple.”

Dr. Hisham El-Leithy, head of the Central Administration for Recording Egyptian Antiquities, explained that the book begins with an introduction written by the Tourism Ministry, then jumps into a comprehensive background on the temple, including all information the center has on the historical site.

It then showcases the contents of the temple’s northern treasure rooms, including the most up-to-date descriptions of antiquities and translations of hieroglyphic texts.

The book contains photographs, inscriptions, calligraphy, paintings, architectural maps, and line drawings, all related to the temple.

“Le Grand Temple D’Abou Simpel Les Sales Nord Du Tresor” is not the first book the center has published about Abu Simbel. The book joins many others, including “The Battle of Kadesh” (1971), “The Architectural Planning for the Temple” (1984), “The Southern Treasure Chambers” (1975), “The Shrine of the Goddess ‘Ra Horakhati'” (1958 and 1989), “The Facade of the Temple” (1997), and “The Little Abu Simbel Temple” (1968).

 The center also recently issued a series of scientific publications on other archaeological sites in Egypt, including “The Queens Valley Cemetery”, “Kha Im Hat Tomb No. 57”, “Jurf Hussein Temple”, “Nefertari Tomb No. 66.”

The Great Temple of Abu Simbel is located in Upper Egypt’s Nubia region, on the western bank of Lake Nasser, and is one UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

The temple was built by King Ramses II of the Nineteenth Dynasty, and it was discovered by the archaeologist Giovanni Belzoni, in 1817.

The temple was moved from its original location to a place high above the surface of Lake Nasser during the construction of the Aswan High Dam.