Antique Print, Antonio Beato, 1860's: Abu Simbel
An original antique albumen photographic print of the temple at Abu Simbel, Egypt, (constructed by Ramesses II, ca. 1279 BC), taken by the pioneering photographer, Antonio Beato. The temples were unknown until their rediscovery in 1813. They were first explored in 1817 by the Egyptologist Giovanni Battista Belzoni.
Antique albumen photographic print, ca. 1860's.
Antonio Beato (c.1825 -1903), was an early Italian photographer, noted for his views of the architecture and landscapes of Egypt which are among the earliest photographic records of many ancient sites. Beato went to Cairo in 1860 where he spent two years before moving to Luxor where he opened a photographic studio in 1862 and remained until his death. His photographs constitute an extremely valuable record of monuments that have since been defaced or destroyed.
cf.: Dawson & Uphill, Who Was Who in Egyptology, (Oxford, 1972) p. 22.
With the construction of the Aswan High Dam, between 1964 and 1966, the Egyptian government disassembled the temples of Abu Simbel and reconstructed them on top of the cliff 200 feet above the original site.