How the mighty have fallen

If you’ve come direct to this entry in the photo diary and noticed that it says “New Sebua (3)” and you want to know where entries (1) and (2) are and why they weren’t here yesterday, you should read  Friday’s entry for an explanation.  It is also the start of this sequence on New Sebua.

Preserving the Scene of the Crime

As mentioned in Friday’s entry the Wadi-el-Sebua temple was saved from the rising waters of Lake Nasser in the 1960s and rebuilt at the current site.  When the temple was originally constructed on the orders of Ramses the Great, the entrance was flanked by to huge statues of the Pharaoh.  At some point in antiquity one of the statues was demolished and someone has tried to remove it.  Before giving up they had moved the fallen statue several hundred metres away from the temple where it was abandoned in the sands.

When the temple was relocated in the 1960s the statue was not reunited with the temple was was placed in the same relative position several hundred metres away from the relocated temple. The scene of the crime was preserved and the half buried statue acts as an errie sign post on the path to Wadi-el-Sebua.