Photographer's Note

Hi Famous places are photographed many times. My aim is always to try and shoot from a different angle from the norm. Hopefully this shot of the great Abu Simbel Temple has not been taken to many times.

Ramses 11 built this temple in the 13th century BC. It has four 22m high seated statues of himself. Here we see only the head of one.

A lesser temple [to the right of the great temple] was dedicated to his favourite wife Nefertari.

The temples were carved deep into the solid cliff face and once stood at a sweeping bend in the Nile, as if to say 'you are now entering my kingdom'. With the construction of the Aswan High Dam in the late 1960s the artificial lake (Lake Nasser) which grew behind the dam would have engulfed these two magnificent temples forever.

Luckily UNESCO1 came to the rescue and literally cut them out of the cliff and rebuilt them on an artificial hillside 200m higher and about 250m inland. This site is one of the most amazing places to visit in Egypt.

A slight cropping plus some minor adjustments in PS

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