This temple was originally built by Ramses II. The four statues of the Pharoah were cut out of a single slab of rock. Abu Simbel was one of the many temples threatened by flooding when the Aswan Dam was built in the 1960s. Rather than lose this magnificent monument it was cut up and moved up to higher ground. Lake Nasser has put the original site some 60 metres underwater.
Next to it is the Temple of Hathor which was built for Nefertari, Ramses' wife.
We were able to go in and look around these temples. It's so hard to image the painstaking work in building them, never mind moving them.