Egypt’s miracle

The Pharaoh’s Temple: Dismantled and Reassembled

The feat, accomplished in 1968 by two thousand workers, archaeologists and technicians, preserves the sense of the unbelievable.

The Temples of Pharaoh Ramses II in the Egyptian valley of Abu Simbel, would have been flooded by the waters of Lake Nasser created by the Assan dam, if 113 countries, including the decisive intervention of the Italian marble workers coordinated by Impregilo, had not joined together to dismantle them in 1,030 blocks, of 20 tons each, and reassembled them in a new position 65 meters higher and 280 meters further back from the water basin, even preserving the astronomical orientation that for 3,000 years, during the autumn and spring equinoxes, illuminates the divinities housed in the largest temple.