Monday, December 05, 2005

Behold, the Nile River

Well, its New York City stand-in, at least.

I took a highlights-of-the-collection tour at the Met Museum Sunday afternoon, and learned that the Temple of Dendur was given by Egypt as a gift to the people of the United States as a thank-you for American money spent on the Aswan High Dam a few decades ago. That big room in the Met that houses the reconstructed temple was built specifically. The temple was moved because it would've been submerged under water once the dam was finished. That indoor pool of water helps to represent the distance the temple originally stood from the Nile. And since it was a gift to the people, the museum built the big room with windows looking out onto Central Park so that if you don't want to pay the museum admission, you can still see the temple that's rightfully yours (and yours and yours and yours). New York originally beat out a bid by the District of Columbia, which would've put it along one of Washington's real rivers, the Potomac.

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