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TEMPLE OF ABU SIMBEL is sensational! It lies about 175 miles from Aswan after the Egyptian government undertook a major reconstruction (in association with UNESCO) in 1968 & moved the two speos of Ramesses II & Nefertari to the current site. The gigantic rock was cut into sections, dismantled & then reconstructed on the summit of the Libyan mountains which overlooks the Nile River.

Now, to get an idea of perspective. The southern speos with a facade of 4 colossal statues of Ramesses II measures 108 ft high & 125 ft wide. The main reason why this has to be moved to higher ground was because of flooding caused by the building of Aswan High Dam. The original site is now submerged.

Another interesting fact that made this move more scientific than it actually is can be found in the "local custom tips" section of this page. Please check it out if you are interested in finding out the answer.

  • Last visit to Temple of Abu Simbel: Dec 1998
  • Intro Written Oct 8, 2002
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