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Abu Simbel

It is hard to imagine that the Abu Simbel temples with their huge iconic  rock reliefs of Pharaoh Ramesses II, constructed in the 19th Dynasty, were actually moved such a large distance in 1968 when the Aswan High Dam was constructed. They would have been submerged by Lake Nasser, created when the Dam was built.  Ramesess II built the structures to commemorate his victory in the Battle of Kadesh.  The Abu Simbel complex, and the other relocated temples, are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Nubian Monuments".

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