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Temple of Philae
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Owner description: This large temple complex, relocated to the island of Agilika with the building of the High Dam in Aswan, features the magnificent Temple of Isis that was built in the late Ptolemaic and early Roman periods.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Visit to the temple of Philae in Aswan. A temple monument of the Nubian. It is located on an island within the Reservoir. It was build between 380 to 362 BC. The temple emphasized on the goddess of Isis. You will need to ride a boat to see the temple. The temple was reallocate to accommodate the Aswan project.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

you should go and watch the old level of water and the old location of the temple

pay attention to the cutting in stones done while saving this jewel

Thank Ahmed-AbdelazizR
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Toured Philae while in the area on vacation. It has an amazing history from being partially submerged and relocated, stone by stone, to its present location. We did not do the evening light show, but saw the chairs arranged for it and it looked like it would be a neat show. The temple is devoted to the Egyptian goddess Isis, so there are many carvings of her and her family there. Some have been etched out, which was disappointing. Besides the open courtyard/entry area outlined with pillars, there are several chambers inside to see. There is also a smaller temple next to it.
It is only accessible by boat, so expect to tip the driver. There is a gauntlet of vendors outside and along the pier, so prepare for that, too.

Thank hatbhat
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

After our visit to the Aswan High Dam, we set off to visit the Philae temple. The Aswan dam brought great benefits to Egypt, providing electricity, irrigation and flood control leading to development of the country. But it had some adverse effects too, principally, from the cultural and historical point of view, the submergence of famous historical sites and monuments. Some of these monuments were relocated, through an international effort spearheaded by UNESCO. Examples of these are the temples at Abu Simbel and the Philae temple. The results belie belief!
Since ancient times the island of Philae was considered one of the most beautiful places in Egypt. It became one of the most important monument sites with the development of a temple complex. The temple of Isis was an ancient pilgrimage centre for the cult of this principal deity. The sacred site was venerated from the pharaonic era through the Greek, Roman and Byzantine periods, with each ruler adding his own stamp on the site.
The old Aswan Dam had submerged parts of the island of Philae and the temple, making access difficult. The Aswan High Dam threatened to submerge it completely. An international rescue operation was launched, spearheaded by UNESCO and carried out between 1972 and 1980, to relocate the temple complex in the neighbouring island of Agilika. The temples in Philae were broken up, rock by rock, and reassembled in Agilika in the same relative position as in Philae. The result is unbelievable.
One has to take a short boat ride to reach the Philae temple at its new site on Agilika island. As in most monuments in Egypt, you cannot enter without encountering the pestering vendors. In the Philae temple this happens before you can get on the boat and not in the temple itself.
The temple is a truly beautiful and magnificent site. It was one of the last pagan temples to operate after the arrival of Chrirtianity in Egypt. Christians, and later Muslims, defaced the pagan reliefs. The central court is dedicated to Horus, son of Isis and Osiris. Our guide narrated to us the legend of Osiris, of how he was killed, cut into pieces ( 14 or 42, the narrative varies) and the pieces strewn all over the world, how Isis collected all the pieces except one ( the penis) and reassembled Osiris. Our guide claimed that the birth of Horus was an instance of Immaculate Conception long before Christ.
We spent some time in the shade by the water before heading for the boat ride back.

Thank Ayub Q
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

We visited Philae Temple as part of a larger tour of Egypt. So we had everything handled for us - tour guide, boat, tickets - and it seems like that is the part where you have to know the locals.

There were tons of vendors aggressively hawking their wares and my best advice is "don't browse." Wear sun glasses, sneak peaks and know what you want ahead of time. Otherwise you will be swarmed.

The temple is so neat - recently moved from the water where it was sinking! The hieroglyphs and art are in EXTREMELY good conditions. The massive carvings are really unbelievable. Loved exploring this area and just being in the space.

There is something fantastic about having a drink at the coffee shop, watching the cats an just being in that space.

I'd recommend this to anybody who plans on visiting Egypt.

Thank David E
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