Happy birthday to the eternally chic Ramses II. Photos by Glenn Belverio



Dear Shaded Viewers,

I took this photo in The Temple of Ramses II at Abu Simbel
near Egypt’s border with Sudan last week. The sun is supposed to shine
into the temple on his birthday and illuminate these statues:
Ra-Horakhty, Ramses II and Aman (Ptah, to the left, is not meant to be
illuminated.) However, since they moved the temples back in the ’60s to
escape flooding from the Aswan Dam, they are not in the precise same
location in relation to the sun. As a result, the birthday illumination
happens one day later.



Previously on ‘Glenn Belverio in Egypt’:

My full photo report on the Temples of Abu Simbel

My report on Cairo’s Fashion Nights & interview with Susan Sabet

Women’s protest in Cairo near Tahrir Square



Glenn Belverio

Glenn Belverio

Glenn Belverio is a writer and New Yorker. He has been reporting for ASVOF since 2005 and currently works at The Museum of Modern Art as the Content Manager for MoMA Design Store.