Salvage Plan for Ramesses II’ Temple at Abu Simbel

Ramesses II  or Ramses II or Ramesses the Great,  (lived c. 1303-1231 B.C.E., reigned 1279-1213 B.C.E.)

In 1968, his two temples at Abu Simbel were rescued (sawed up and reassembled) from submersion in Lake Naser, the new resevoir that resulted from the High Dam at Aswan.   Ramesses II temple was sawed out of the mountain into transportable pieces, some weighing as much as fifteen tons, and moved 192 feet (58.5 meters) higher on the mountain. A concrete dome now protects the rear of the temple which previously was cut 183 feet deep (55.7 meters) into the mountain.

Salvage Plan for Ramses II Temple at Abu Simbel Salvage Plan for Ramses II Temple at Abu Simbel

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