Abu simbel

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Not only are the two temples at Abu Simbel among the most magnificent monuments in the world but their removal and reconstruction was an historic event in itself. When the temples were threatened by submersion in Lake Nasser, due to the construction of the High Dam, the Egyptian Government secured the support of UNESCO and launched a worldwide appeal. During the rescue operation, which began in 1964 and continued until 1968, the two temples were dismantled and raised over 60 meters up the sandstone cliff where they had been built more than 3,000 years before. Here they were reassembled in the exact same relationship to each other and to the sun. Covered with an artificial mountain. You can also go inside the man made dome and see an exhibition of photographs showing the different stages of the project to remove mass. * Abu Simbel was first reported by JL Burckhardt in 1813, when he came to the mountain and only saw the facade of the great temple, he was preparing to leave the area via the Nile. The two temples, that of Ramesses II primarily dedicated to Re-Harakhte, and his wife, Nefertari dedicated to Hathor, became a must see while visiting Egypt, even if it required a trip up the Nile.

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