Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Why grandiose Egyptian temple of Abu Simbel 4 years was transferred to a new location?

In 1960, Egypt began construction of a second dam on the Nile near Aswan, so that could be flooded with unique temples of Abu Simbel, built into the rock of sandstone in the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II. An international team of experts under the auspices of UNESCO has decided to transfer these sites to a new location, 200 meters away from the river, for which the temples were cut into blocks weighing 30 tons and transported. The operation lasted from 1964 to 1968 and was recognized as one of the largest engineering and archaeological projects in history

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