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Abu Simbel Ancient Egyptian village on the w bank of the River Nile, near the border with Sudan. It is the location of two rock-cut sandstone temples built by Ramses II (c.1292–1225 bc). In a huge operation (1963–66), the temples and statuary were moved further inland. This was to prevent their disappearance under the waters of Lake Nasser, created by the construction of the new High Dam at Aswan.

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Abu-Simbel (ä´bōō-sĬm´bəl) or Ipsambul (Ĭp´sämbōōl´), village, S Egypt, on the Nile River. Its two temples were hewn (c.1250 BC) out of rock cliffs during the reign of Ramses II. To avoid the rising waters caused by the construction of the Aswan High Dam in the 1960s, the colossal statues of Ramses II and the temples were cut into 950 blocks and reassembled farther inland. The project, sponsored by UNESCO and funded by more than 50 nations, was completed in 1966.

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Abu Simbel the site of two huge rock-cut temples in southern Egypt, built during the reign of Ramses II in the 13th century bc and commemorating him and his first wife Nefertari. Following the building of the High Dam at Aswan, the monument was rebuilt higher up the hillside.