Philae Temple



The beautiful temple of Philae dedicated to the goddess Isis is considered one of the most picturesque all over Egypt. It is situated on the Agilika Island to the south of the old Aswan Dam and you must take the motorboat to reach the island above which the temple is built. The temple was relocated to its current location following the construction of the High Dam, which would have been completely submerged under the rising water.


The risky salvage campaign is done by UNESCO carefully to relocate the magnificent temple of Goddess Isis to a higher and safer island was completed, carefully maintaining and imitating the original shape and layout of the complex and even landscaping the island to match its former location.

Philae temple rose to prominence during the Ptolemaic Dynasty as the center of the cult of the goddess Isis. This complex was actually one of the last remaining places where the ancient Egyptian religion was practiced after the spreading of Christianity in Egypt, officially closed only in 550 AD. Early Christians then reused the main temple on the island as a church and removed a big number of scenes of the gods of ancient Egypt.

During that period, the popularity of goddess Isis became very strong and pilgrims came from all over the Mediterranean. The construction of the temple on the island of Philae lasted for about 800 years.

The temple of Philae can also be visited at night, during the suggested sound and light show at Philae Temple from Aswan, the show attracts tourists from all over the world as it is one of the best excursions in Aswan during Egypt Travel PackagesEgypt Day Tours and Aswan day tours, like at all of the other major ancient attractions in Egypt, but Philae’s is generally thought to be the most impressive of these often overblown affairs. The ambiance of the island’s ruins bathed in floodlighting is hard to describe adequately, but this is definitely a recommended way to spend an evening. Although some of the finds are dated between the 26th Dynasty and the Roman period in Egypt, most of the works can be traced back to the Roman period.

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