“We have come, O king, to add our labors to yours in order that your quest for eternity may be preserved. Using means unimaginable to you, but ever mindful of your intentions and rites.” (René Maheu, Director-General of Unesco, September 22, 1968)
In the 1960s, the giant Aswan Dam was built on the Nile. The project involved the creation of an artificial lake that would completely submerge the temple of Abu Simbel, the majestic building dedicated to pharaoh Ramesses II, that had survived millennia of history. Unesco thus launched a worldwide appeal, and six companies from different countries joined forces in the greatest rescue effort ever accomplished. 50 years after this feat, Salini Impregilo celebrates this grand fusion of technical and scientific skills that brought people around the world together in the name of a high ideal.