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Sunday, December 12, 2021

Wonders of The World


The Great Temple at Abu Simbel, Nubia, Egypt

Painstakingly chipped into a mountainside, this imposing temple was completed in 1265 BC to commemorate the victory of Ramesses II and his queen Nefertari in the Battle of Kadesh. Set in the deep south of Egypt, it is most famous for its 65-foot-high (20m) depictions of the powerful pharaoh. The mighty rock-hewn temple lay forgotten until it was rediscovered by Swiss traveler Johann Ludwig in 1813. When the Aswan Dam was built during the 1960s, the temple was carefully dismantled and moved to higher ground to save it from flooding. Today, the mighty monument looms safely in its remote location.

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