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The First Great Pylon Of Philae Temple

  • 05 16, 2023

Philae temple

The current temple was initially built as a sanctuary encircled by chapels, two transverse vestibules, and a vestibule with pillars. Construction on the temple began on August 23, 237 B.C. The building was finished in 57 BC, having started during Ptolemy III's reign.

The oldest parts of the "Philae temple date back to the fourth century BC and most of the existing parts were built by the Ptolemaic and Romans at intervals that extended until the third century AD. All this historical information will be relevant and clear during your Egypt day tours. The early Christians added their touch to the island by turning the main pillar hall of the temple into a small church. They also built two churches on the site. In their time, some of the pagan temple inscriptions were distorted. They added some Christian inscriptions that were also not spared from distortion and time factors in the following eras. Phiale temple is located in Aswan, so it is a great chance to take unique Egypt travel packages in Aswan to discover the best attractions or book a day tour in the Nubian village to discover Aswan in a Nubian style.

Today, the boats reach visitors in their Egypt Luxury tours on the island of Aglaia, where the temple is currently located, leaving them at the base of the Hall of Nectanebo. Heading north passes through the courtyard of the outer temple, which is bordered by column rows on both sides until it reaches the entrance to the temple of Isis, where the first edifice towers are located. In the central courtyard of the temple of Isis is the Mammisi, or the house of birth, which is dedicated to the god Horus. In the past, the Mammisi rituals were performed to celebrate the birth of a god. Kings were keen to participate in these rituals to confirm their belonging to the family of the god Horus.

After the construction of the old Aswan Dam and as a result of the high water reservoir formed with the construction of the dam, the Nile water flooded the island of "Philae '' and its temples for 6 months each year. In the 1960s, with the near completion of the construction of the High Dam, the situation worsened and the island and its effects were threatened with complete and forever drowning. In a wonderful and historic rescue operation carried out by UNESCO, the huge Isis temple complex on the island of Eleila was dismantled, moved, and rebuilt on a neighboring Nile island called Agilkia Island, which was prepared to be as similar to the holy island of Isis as possible. If you are a historical person and want to gain knowledge about Egyptian pharaohs book our Aswan day tours, there you will find a variety of temples and islands where you can try amazing Egypt Nile cruise tours. If you love history and want new places to discover king's tombs, book our Luxor day tours.

During the boat ride that was part of the Philae Temple visit, the temple and its island gradually came into view, allowing you to fully take in the dramatic surroundings. The temple itself is visually stunning, but I believe what made it truly special were two things that really stood out to me.

Discover Ancient Egypt's History & Egyptian pharaoh king's Life by Booking our Best Egypt Classic tours you can choose your journey from Egypt budget tours with us you can visit all Aswan tourist areas, and you can spend your Egypt Honeymoon tours with your love in amazing romantic attractions in Egypt, especially if you book your excursions with Cairo Top Tours who always do their best to offer you the only one of a kind. If you are an adventurous person and want a breathtaking journey.

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The best time of year for Nile cruises is from October to April, when the days are warm, but not very hot.

Tipping is gratefully accepted in Egypt, as it is in the majority of European and North American nations. The customary gratuity for servers, drivers, and guides is 10%. Unfortunately, in popular tourist attractions like the Pyramids of Giza and the tombs of the Valley of the Kings, touts aggressively beg for tips by allowing you to snap pictures in places where it is obviously forbidden (like inside the tombs). Please refrain from contributing to this issue by refusing to pay for photos.

Visiting Abu Simbel from Aswan is indeed possible. In the southwest of Aswan, at a distance of about 280 km (174 miles), is the archaeological site of Abu Simbel. The well-known Abu Simbel temples, which were moved to higher ground after the construction of the Aswan High Dam to prevent them from being flooded by Lake Nasser, can be visited on a day trip from Aswan.

Indeed, visitors to Elephantine Island can engage in a variety of activities. You can stroll through the Temple of Khnum ruins, go to the Aswan Museum, cruise the island on a felucca, or a traditional sailboat, or just take in the beautiful surroundings.

The name "Philae" goes back to the Greek word "Philae", which means "beloved", and was known in Arabic literature as "Anas al-Wujood", due to the legend of Anas al-Wujood in the folklore stories "One Thousand and One Nights". The ancient Egyptian and Coptic name is "Belak," which means "the limit or the end" because it was the last border of Egypt in the south.


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