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The Great Temple, Abu Simbel
The Great Temple, Abu Simbel
Resource Typeimage
TitleThe Great Temple, Abu Simbel
Coverage / YearEgypt; 1857
DescriptionBlack and white photograph showing the colossal statues flanking the entrance to the temple. 1857. Francis Frith, the photographer, was a world-wide traveler. He made a series of trips to the Nile region in Egypt from 1856 to 1860.
InterpretationThe rock-cut temple, built during the reign of Ramses II, is situated on the west side of the Nile near the border of modern Egypt and Sudan. When plans were made in the 1960's to build a dam at Aswan the temple, including the colossal sculptures seen here, were moved to a new location higher up on the river bank. The temple was first excavated in 1817. The four colossal sandstone statues that flank the entryway (only two of which are visible in the photograph; of the others, one has been damaged and another buried in sand) may have been likenesses of the pharoh.
Lesson Plans / ThemesAfrican Folk Tales; African Novel Study; North African and Southwest Asian Architecture
Learning Standards16 History; 17 Geography; 25-27 Fine Arts;
Author or CreatorFrith, Francis, 1822-1898
Subject / KeywordsAfrica; Ancient Egypt; Abu Simbel; Temples; Statues; Frith, Francis, 1822-1898
Collection PublisherUIUC Rare Book & Special Collections Library;
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Resource IdentifierAbuSimbel
CONTENTdm file name4534917872002_AbuSimbel.jpg
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