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.
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.