photo 14 of 30
Abu Simbel: Inner Sanctum of Temple of Ramses II

Inner Sanctum of Temple of Ramses II

Inner sanctum of the Temple of Ramses II. The sanctuary contains four seated statues of Ra-Horakhty, Ptah, Amun and Ramesses. The temple was constructed in such a way that the sun shines directly on all four statues during two days of the year, February 20 and October 20. Due to the displacement of the temple, it is widely believed that this event now occurs one day later than it did originally.

Credit: Ramón Durán / Flickr