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Wednesday, 14 April 2021

The 40th anniversary of Philae Temple’s relocation is on the horizon

We could be seeing the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the relocation of Aswan’s Philae Temple after Tourism Minister Khaled El Enany and Italian Ambassador to Egypt Giampoalo Cantini discussed the idea yesterday, according to a ministry statement. An event celebrating the archaeological feat and a potential book detailing the effort could be in store. Philae Temple was relocated in 1971 to higher ground on Agilika Island after rising Nile waters resulting from the construction of the Aswan Dam threatened to submerge it. The UNESCO-driven rescue effort, which included Italian partners, was estimated to cost some USD 10 mn at the time.

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