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SCU Statues of Abu Simbel.
MV Cliff above statues.
MV Temple of Rameses 2nds wife. (NEFERTARI)
SCU Angle view looking up tower.
SV Temple of Rameses.
SV Chamber dedicated to The Gods.
SCU Statues of the Gods in chamber.
SCU Angle view, Statues of Rameses.
CU Inscription of the battles of Rameses. (5 SHOWS)
CU Statues outside temple.
CU Tilt up statue.
CU Head of statue.
CU Piping being lowered into hole.
GV Temple of Abu Simbel tilt to top of cliff.
Man speaks-Shotlist overleaf.
TRANSCRIPT: "We are at the site of Abu Simbel in Nubia, the four statues that have been seated here for 3000, years. Next winter the Nile water back up by the Dam will raise to where we now, eventually they will raise 200 ft higher. Before then these huge statues and the vast temple buried in the cliff will have to be cut in manageable sections and moved on to the cliff 200 ft higher. Another temple dedicated to the wife of Rameses the 2nd, Nefertari, further along will also be cut out and moved onto the cliff above. Moving more than 200,000 tons of stone is certainly an engineering feat which rivals that of the Egyptian builders some 3000 years ago. The temple of Rameses is dedicated to three Gods, whose figures can be seen inside the inner sanctum, 200 ft inside the cliff, and when the sun rises in the morning the light penetrates inside this chamber.
You can see the inscription telling of Rameses battles in the North in Syria and in the South in Kuch?, but most important of all is the story of the battle of Kadesh, where Rameses the 2nd saved the Egyptian army by a feat of bravery in 1285 b.c.
The United Nations has undertaken the task of preserving both the Temples of Rameses and Nefertari. It is an expensive job costing at least 360 million dollars. The Egyptian government has put up a third of the cost and President Kennedy has recommended that the USA contribute another third, Other Nations have contributed 6 million dollars and so another 6 million is required. Because of the delay in contributions the engineers have been slow in starting, subsequently they have had to build a coffer dam to protect the monuments which they are being moved, the rock can only be moved at about 30 tons a time up the cliff and it will take 5 yrs to complete
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