Egypt-Italy: Abu Simbel temples exhibition returns to Rome

Works to save the monuments are celebrated in the show

03 January, 14:41

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(ANSAmed) - ROME - An exhibition celebrating a project between 1964-1968 which saved Egypt's Abu Simbel temples returns to Rome next week. Over 2000 workers and 150 specialists from all over the world toiled for more than 40 million man-hours over a period of five years to salvage the Nubia temples, which may otherwise have disappeared during the construction of the Aswan Dam.

To commemorate the works, which were sponsored by UNESCO and involved 19 nations, 'Abu Simbel: the saving of the temples: man and technology' returns to Rome on January 10 where it will be shown in the Egyptian Academy and includes original photos taken by workers involved in the project.

The same exhibition in 2009 in Rome's Temple of Hadrian - which marked the 50th anniversary of the works, pulled in over 50,000 visitors. (ANSAmed).

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