Moving of Egyptian Temples
- Starting moving Hepes Temple in the Egyptian oasis
Egypt, Culture, 3/7/2000
The executive steps started for moving Hepes Temple in Kharga city in
the Egyptian area of Wadi El-Gedeed.
This operation is considered the second largest operation for rescuing
the Pharonic Egyptian temples after moving Fiyala temple.
Hepes temple gathers the Pharonic, Greek, Persian and Roman ages,
therefore it holds historical, tourist and civilizational importance.
This operation will be carried out over 19 months at a cost to reach
19 million LE with the support of many international organizations
like UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Engineering marvel. They literally cut the temple into peices and
moved it with a crane to higher ground. Some of the statues/temples
were carved right into the mountain side! UNESCO & some french
organizations moved several temples which now dot around Lake Nassar.
Most people regard those Egyptian temples as international heritage sites.
Here's some pictures of the moved temples. Enjoy. :)