ABU SIMBEL Location: Aswan, Egypt. The Abu Simbel Temple was built during the reign of King Rameses ll. It is actually two temples, one of which was dedicated to his wife Queen Nefertari. You can take a Nile River cruise to view the temple and explore it. Also, it is recommended to stay at the Nefertari Hotel Abu Simbel if you are interested in visiting the temple; it’s walking distance from the hotel.