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The sun flake out on Abu simbel Temple

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Added On February 25, 2016

During the past 3200 years, the sun was supposed to light up the statues guarding the entrance to the Abu Simbel Temple in Egypt every semiannually.
 
However, the sun failed to keep the appointment this time.
 
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More than 4,000 tourists and Egyptians gathered at the Abu Simbel Temple in Aswan on Monday to watch the illumination of sun rays on the inner statues of the temple.
 
That is a rare phenomenon occurring twice a year, and has been recorded for 3,200 years.
 
However, visitors were let down when this time.
 
They didn’t see the sun illuminate the site's usually dark inner sanctum, instead of fog and clouds.
 
This is the first such incident in nearly a decade.
 
The Abu Simbel Temple was build by King Ramses II. 
 
It was carved into a sandstone mountain on the banks of the Nile, to align with the sun twice a year to celebrate the pharaoh's birthday.
 
There are four 22-meter-high statues guarding the entrance to the temple. Three of them were supposed to soak up the sun every half year.