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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 Simble").

on this subject: Saving lost civilizations

Place/country: Egypt,
Type: Documentary
Duration: 00:14:00
Author/director: Wolfram Giese,
Publisher/producer: UNESCO-WHC, Treasures of the World Heritage of Mankind - ZDF - Sudwestfunk,

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