On Friday African diplomats and other tourists gathered to watch a rare sun phenomenon in Egypt.
They gathered to watch the statue of Pharaoh Ramses II at Egypt’s Abu Simbel temples was lit up by the sun’s dawn.
The phenomenon which occurs twice a year happens on February 22 and October 22 each year.
Historians say they believe that signifies the birthday of the King and his coronation as well.
During the phenomenon sunlight beams through the dark chamber of the Great Temple of Ramses II.
It eventually illuminates the statue of Pharaoh, captivating the imagination of visitors.
The temple is believed to be 3,000 years old and was built during the rule of Ramses II in the 19th dynasty.
The temple sits on the western bank of the Nile River in Egypt’s south.
This and many other ancient facilities and sites in Egypt attracts thousands of tourists yearly.
Egypt is also preparing to host this year’s Africa Cup of Nations football tournament.
It’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is currently chairing the African Union and is hoping to boost Cairo’s influence in Africa.
There have been concerns in recent months about the safety of tourists after some militant attacks.