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Caption: Rear view of the monuments of Abu Simbel. In the 1960s a new High Dam was built at Aswan, which resulted in a build-up of water that threatened to engulf the monuments along its Nubian shores. UNESCO began a rescue operation in 1964, the like of which had never been seen before. In the incredible salvage operation the temples were dismantled and cut up into manageable-sized blocks, then painstakingly reconstructed 65m higher than the original site. Inside a specially constructed mountain, two gigantic reinforced concrete domes protect the rebuilt temples., Aswan, Egypt
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Egypt Egyptian Abu Simbel Ancient Archaeology Architecture arid Art Art history Aswan deserts Middle East Near East Nile North Africa rivers streams Temple Nefertiti UNESCO water World Heritage Site Temple of Ramses II
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