Situated 280 km south of Aswan, the two temples of Abu Simbel
are the most magnificent temples in the world.
The first temple was built by the mighty Pharaoh Ramses II, the
other for his wife Queen Nefertari.
In 1964 they were threatened by submersion in Lake Nasser due to
the construction of the High Dam.
The Egyptian Government secured the support of UNESCO for the
removal and reconstruction of the two temples.
The temples were dismantled and raised over 60 meters up the
sandstone cliff where they had been built more than 3,000 years
The project completed by an international team of 3000
specialists, cut the Temple into 2000 pieces, carved the entire
Temple out of the cliff and reconstructed both cliff and Temple
The project took $40 million to complete; one of the most
ambitious relocation projects in history.