Abu Simbel

IMG 4017  -->  Abu Simbel  (March 17). Note the lines apparently scored in the rocks above the statues. These are joints where the massive stucture was reassembled after having been moved. aswan.abu.simbel.satt  --> Abu Simbel is 134 air miles from Aswan. IMG 3989  --> Abu Simbel, here seen from the air, is located on the shore of Lake Nassar, a lake created by the building of the new and higher Aswan High Dam. The engine of our jet can be seen to the lower left in this photo. IMG 3992  --> Abu Simbel was relocated from an area where it was threatened by rising waters after the building of the Aswan Dam. IMG 3992.a  --> Relocation was an international effort to save the massive temple and sculptures. They were cut-up, moved, and reassembled like a giant, 3-D puzzle, at this location built specifically for the purpose. A man-made hill encompasses the massive structures. IMG 3992.d  --> Zeroing-in on Abu Simbel — an enlarged selection from the previous shot from the air. "Zooming-in" is a benefit of using a digital camera that takes high definition images, a great benefit of the large image sensors. (See discussion of the camera, a Canon S2 IS with a 5.0 Megapixel image receptor, in the Overview sub-album.
original.abu.simbel 1  --> Abu Simbel on the shore of the NIle as it appeared before being moved.  (Image from  The Salvage of the Abu Simbel Temples , referenced on a later slide.) original.abu.simbel 2  --> Another view of Abu Simbel prior to moving. The monumets were carved out of a mountain side in the 13 th  century BC (thats over 3,300 years ago!).  (Image from  The Salvage of the Abu Simbel Temples , referenced on a later slide.) IMG 4006  --> The reconstruction was artfully accomplished, leaving little trace of the massive structures having been reassembled. The project was sponsored by UNESCO. The "monuments of Nubia" were moved by skilled engineers and heavy equipment operators at a cost of $40 in 1964-1968. abu.simbel.reconstruct  --> Ramses's face is lifted into place. The face weighs 19.6 tonnes, with 4.6 tons of concrete reinforcement in the back. Hewn from solid rock (lime stone), the temple's facade is 33 meters high and 38 m wide.   Source: Forskning & Framsteg 1967 issue 3, page 16; Author Per-Olow Anderson. 640 abu-simbel-t  --> Another view of reconstruction.  (Source Harry Green, Private Collection) Abu Simbel traslado 1[1]  --> Yet another view - from the Internet.
5cTjS  --> Another view of the head being lifted into place. The reconstruction of the temples is described in detail in  The Salvage of the Abu Simbel Temples , from  The International Commission on Monuments and Sites . A copy can be downloaded here as a  PDF  (4 MB). IMG 4003  --> Hair line cracks can be seen where the monuments were re-assembled. IMG 3997  --> That's us in front of Abu Simbel. Note that the face of the rock from which the temple was carved. They were moved to preserve the "look" of the treasure. IMG 4000  --> IMG 4007  --> The statues are over 66 feet high. IMG 4008  -->
IMG 4009  --> IMG 4002  --> IMG 4001  --> IMG 4004  --> A tourist. IMG 4005  --> IMG 4010  --> Another tourist. Again, the hair line cracks show where the massive structures were cut apart and re-assembled.
IMG 4013  --> IMG 4021  --> We took a walk behind the hill which was put into place to support and surround the temples. IMG 4018  --> Lake Nassar in the background. IMG 4011  --> A Nubian guard poses with us. Nubia is in southern Egypt, near the Sudan. IMG 4022  --> Parking lot — a guard can be seen, center left; he has a bullet proof shield in front of him. IMG 4023  --> The shield is easier to see in this closeup.
IMG 3995  --> Our Nubian bus driver — a friendly fellow. I noticed that Nubians are more black skinned than Egyptians from further north on the Nile. IMG 4039  --> Control tower at the Abu Simbel airport. IMG 3994  --> Airport IMG 4014  --> A plane can be seen landing from in front of Abu Simbel. IMG 4036  --> Bunkers on the fringe of the airport.