Q: What inspired the 3D capture of Abu Simbel Temple?
The idea of creating the 3D virtual tour came in conjunction with the unique event that occurs twice a year (22Feb.and 22 Oct.) which is the sun perpendicular to the face of King Ramses II, especially since with the continuing existence of the Covid-19 pandemic, many visitors were not able to see this unique event on the ground
Q: What are the “must-sees” you want visitors to explore and why?
The “must-sees” I want visitors to explore Abu Simbel with scenes from the Battle of Qadesh. One image carved in the great temple at Abu Simbel shows the king firing arrows from his war chariot and supposedly winning the battle for the Egyptians. It was a blustery display for a battle that modern-day historians agree ended in a draw. Later, Ramesses II would make a peace treaty with the Hittites and cement it by marrying a Hittite princess, an event marked in a stela at Abu Simbel.
Q: What’s the one thing you want visitors to take away after exploring the Abu Simbel Temple?
In addition to the virtual tour link, the history that this place carries, which has been explained carefully and in detail on each wall of the temple, in addition to the area of the Holy of Holies, in which the process of the passage of the sun to King Ramses II
Q: You captured all the details very clearly. Did you have any challenges scanning the temple?
I apologize for saying that due to the Covid 19 pandemic and to the small number of tourists in destinations nowadays, it was easy to be alone in the temple and to capture all the details carefully.
Q: The music and informational mattertags really fill the model up and help create such a unique experience. How have visitors reacted?
The reactions to this tour were wonderful and this tour is one of the most wonderful and enjoyable tours that I have made, and I am very proud to be part of the contributors to documenting the history and antiquities of Egypt in this way.
Q: Anything else you would like to add?
I hope the whole world will enjoy watching our virtual tours that we do to our tourist places, even if from a distance, until the end of the Corona pandemic. I also hope to document all monuments, museums, and tourist destinations in Egypt in this most expressive way.