Abu Simbel - Egypt          



         

         


Abu Simbel would be one of the greatest sights on Earth even if it hadn't been transported to a new location 210 feet higher in 1968 to prevent it from being submerged beneath the waters of Lake Nasser behind the Aswan High Dam.  Pennies from children the world over formed the basis of a great engineering feat as a Polish team created two man-made mountains to host not only the great facades of Ramses II and Nefertari but also a multi-chambered, 180 foot long temple inside the larger mountain.  You might not realize the gandeur of this 3,000 year old scene until you are told that the small human statues shown below standing between the feet are over-sized, the larger sitting figures being 65 feet tall.


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Last modified: November 26, 2006