Giant Statues of Pharaoh Ramesses II at Temple of Ramesses in Abu Simbel, Egypt

In the Nubian Desert in southern Egypt is the Temple of Ramesses in Abu Simbel. Outside are four mammoth images of the pharaoh. They were carved out of a mountain in 1244 BC. Nearby are two smaller temples. One is dedicated to Hathor, the goddess of motherhood. The other honors Queen Nefertari, the wife of Ramesses the Great. When these sites were threatened to go underwater from Lake Nasser, $40 million was spent over four years to dismantle and reassemble them 650 feet away.

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Abu Simbel Temples, Aswan Governate, Egypt

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