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Abu Simbel and the Aswan High Dam

The Aswan High Dam, completed in 1971, backs up the Nile to form the 500-km long Lake Nasser, the world's largest reservoir. The monumental temples built by megalomaniac Pharaoh Ramses II at Abu Simbel, 280 km south of Aswan, were painstakingly taken apart and reerected on higher ground above the new lake. Downstream near Aswan, the Temple of Isis was similarly reerected.

These images were taken in November 2011 with Nikon D300 using RAW format, and are available for licensing. Please visit www.travelgame.org or my blog.

Soviet-Egyptian Memorial on the dam wall Soviet-Egyptian Memorial Impoundment of the Aswan High Dam, from the dam wall Lake Nasser at Aswan
Kiosk of Trajan, Philae, Egypt First Pylon, Temple of Isis, Philae First Pylon, Temple of Isis, Aswan Horus, the falcon-headed god
First Pylon, Temple of Isis Lake Nasser at Abu Simbel Sun Temple of Ramses II Sun Temple, Abu Simbel, Egypt
Colossal effigies of Ramses II, Abu Simbel Inside the Sun Temple, Abu Simbel
Reliefs depict Ramses and Queen Nefertari as deities Ramses II routes the enemies of Egypt, Abu Simbel Captives taken in Ramses' campaigns The Hathor Temple of Queen Nefertari, Abu Simbel
Goddess Hathor adorns a pillar inside the Temple of Queen Nefertari