As individual’s memory plays a significant role in our lives, how we see ourselves is very much rooted in the past. The past is what makes us who we are, it’s where we come from, where we grew up, the history of our families and ancestors, and of our country or town. All these elements help shape us into who we are and who we become. And these memories allow us to connect with others and preserve our past and our culture.
In the same manner, certain sites strongly display certain traditions and cultures and ways of living and they need to be preserved so that those memories can be and passed down through many generations.
An example of a site that is itself a great example of memory and heritage would be the Nubian monuments. The Abu Simbel temples, which are two massive rocks, represent a long Egyptian pharaoh history and culture. They are located on the western bank of Lake Nasser. The 2 temples were originally made during the reign of pharaoh Ramesses 2 in the 13th century BC as a monument for himself and his queen to commemorate the victory at Kadesh. With the help of the world heritage convention the sites were relocated to avoid submerged during the High Dam in the early 1960. This helped saved the memory and heritage behind the temples. It’s one of the largest monuments dating back to the pharaoh times, the statues depicted many members of the pharaoh’s family, and it’s considered a sacred area too many.