Trip Start Nov 22, 2010
25Trip End Jan 11, 2011
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Several ideas were proposed, with the eventual winner being the plan of simply dismantling the statues by carving them into 20 ton blocks, lifting, and then reassembling them in a new location further away from the river.
Getting there is a bit of a challenge. Due to threats of banditry, the Egyptian government is extremely nervous about tourists visiting the temples. The only way to go is in a giant bus convey from Aswan, escorted and guarded by armed guards.
Despite the cost and inconvenience, a visit is definitely worthwhile. As in many other touristic destinations, taking pictures is prohibited, so all I have are pictures from the outside.