Temple of Ramesses II

Temple of Ramesses II

Date ca. 1279-1213 BCE

Movement Egyptian | New Kingdom | 19th Dynasty

Medium Sandstone

Dimensions height of exterior kings approx. 70’, height of interior kings approx. 32′

Location Abu Simbel, Egypt


This massive structure consists of four deeply carved relief sculptures of a seated Ramesses, and a sculpture of Amun, placed above the temple’s entrance, is flanked by sunken relief depictions of Ramesses offering ma’at to the god. Amongst the seated king’s legs, smaller forms represent his family members. The temple’s interior is just as impressive, with standing figures of the king carved out of its original rock.