Abu Simbel

The Aswan high dam produced Lake Nasser. It is one of the largest man made lakes in the world. Sudan the southern neighbor was against the dam because of the impact on the northern part of Sudan where vast numbers of Nubians had to be resettled.

Even more vast than the moving of Philae, the Abu Simbel site contains giant statues of of Ramses II which had to cut into pieces and carefully reconstructed with a man made hill to attach the gigantic statues. An engineering feat accomplished by a team of specialists from 6 countries is a wonder of modern engineering and archeology.

Figures lashed on lines on front of the Temple gate show prisoners from Asia on one side of the entry and from Africa and from Asia on the other. Facial features and hair identify where these captives come from.

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