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The High Dam in Aswan Egypt

The High Dam in Aswan Egypt
Situated a short drive from Aswan City, lies the impressive structure known as the Aswan High Dam. 
After the earlier Egyptian Revolution of 1952, the Egyptian Government decided that it was a major project of importance in order to  control floods, provide water for irrigation, and generate hydroelectricity. Constructed between 1960 and 1970, and has had a significant impact on the economy and culture of Egypt.
Between 17 and 25 minutes by road from Aswan City, 3 hours drive from Luxor and 1 hour flight from Cairo to Aswan. 
Before the construction of the High Dam from the 1960’s,there was prior to this, the Aswan Low Dam designed by Englishman Sir William Wilcocks in 1898–1902 to which the British began constructing and opened in December 1902 and included several prominent engineers at that time known as Sir Benjamin Baker and Sir John Aird. 
The world-famous High Dam was an engineering miracle when it was built in 1960. Today it provides irrigation and electricity for the whole of Egypt, and together with the old Aswan Dam which about 6 Km. downriver, offers wonderful views for visitors. It is two miles long from the top of the High Dam where you can gaze across Lake Nasser,the huge reservoir created when the High Dam was built, at Kalabsha Temple in the south and the huge Power Station to the north.
The Soviet Egyptian Memorial, a giant lotus blossom tower built to symbolize their collaboration and the dam’s benefits, as depicted in heroic, Socialist Realist bas-reliefs.

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