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Abu Simbel

An Egyptian Temple

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  • Feb 9, 2010
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A most remarkable architecture submerged in sand for the longest period of time & only rediscovered recently. Sensational & Spectacular!
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review by . February 09, 2010
The Lost & Forgotten Temple in Egypt
The first country I visited in the continent of Africa is Egypt. Ever since I was young, I was fascinated with the idea of the Great Pyramid & the Sphinx, said to be 1 of the 7 Wonders of the World at one time. I finally got a chance to visit but it wasn’t the Pyramid of Giza & the Sphinx that dazzled. Instead it was another temple which I heard of only when I was in Egypt. That is also another UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the Temple of Abu Simbel.       …
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Abu Simbel temples (أبو سمبل) are two massive rock temples in Nubia, southern Egypt on the western bank of Lake Nasser about 290 km southwest of Aswan. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Nubian Monuments",[1] which run from Abu Simbel downriver to Philae (near Aswan).

The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari, to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh, and to intimidate his Nubian neighbors. However, the complex was relocated in its entirety in the 1960s, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir.

The relocation of the temples was necessary to avoid their being submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser, the massive artificial water reservoir formed after the building of the Aswan High Dam on the Nile River. Abu Simbel remains one of Egypt's top tourist attractions.

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