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Egypt Journal 3

已有 2920 次阅读 2008-3-25 13:15 |个人分类:生活点滴|系统分类:海外观察

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Egypt Journal III (3/16-4/1/2008)
Day 5 - Today we flew to Abu Simbel in upper Nile regions of Egypt.. In the 1960s, one of the great multi-national effort led by the US and UNESCO is the salvage of many of the ancient Egyptian temples from the rising waters of the Lake Nasser created by the Aswan high dam. The most famous is the moving of the temples at Abu Simbul 63 meters higher and re-creating the original setting (the engineering and artistic efforts involved rivals that of the original creation some 3500 years ago and the effort to save archeological treasures of the three Gorges Dam area)
 
 
In the evening we boarded a cruise ship to tour Lake Nasser/created as a result of the Aswan high dam.
 
Day 6 – Overnight the ship sailed to Amada, site of another archeological salvation effort by the French and UNESCO on Lake Nasser. These involve two temples built during 11th and 12th century BC. From the outside, the temples are unassuming. However, inside there are a treasure grove of Egyptian wall carvings (reminds me of the cave paintings of Dunhuang. But these were done two thousands years earlier). The pictures tell the whole story.
 
Picture sequence of last two days:
Temple at Abu Simbel
Another view of Abu Simbel
Landing at Amada with ship and tender in background
Temple of Amada
Temple Dar on Amada
Inside the temple
View from the Ship on Lake Nasser














Note: Internet access are difficult and expensive from  Egypt. I may not be able to transmit and post any more articles until my return to Boston on 4/1/08.

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