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The cliff temples of Abu Simbel
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The cliff temples of Abu Simbel

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site of two temples built by the Egyptian king Ramses II (reigned 1279-13 bce), now located in, southern Egypt. In ancient times the area was at the southern frontier of pharaonic Egypt, facing Nubia. The four colossal statues of Ramses in front of the main temple are spectacular examples of ancient Egyptian art. By means of a complex engineering feat in the 1960s, the temples were salvaged from the rising waters of the Nile River caused by erection of the Aswan High Dam.

See also: "The World Saves Abu Simbel" (consult it here)

on this subject: Saving lost civilizations

Place/country: Egypt,
Series: Treasures of the World Heritage of Mankind
Type: Documentary
Credits: Wolfram Giese, director ; 16:9 Action Plan of the European Union, producer ; UNESCO WHC, producer ; ZDF Südwestfunk, producer ;

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