Tuesday, February 23, 2021

POTD: Panorama of Abu Simbel Temples

From 2019 11 20 Abu Simbel
Today's photo-of-the-day is from Abu Simbel south of Aswan, Egypt. It's a panoramic view of the two temples there, one to Pharaoh Ramesses the Great and the other to his consort Nefertari. The "cliffs" they are set into were articially constructed in the 1960s when the temples were moved from their original locations due to rising waters caused by the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

2 comments:

Unknown said...

Thank you, Mark, for this blast from the past. I toured this site with my parents in 1964. The construction you referenced was underway and giant dikes were built around the sites to protect them from the rising waters. We were living in Beirut as my father was on a two-year contract consulting for the Arabian Oil Company in the Neutral Zone between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Great photo!

Mark Steger said...

Thanks. Care to identify yourself and tell us what you've been up to since 1964?