Thursday, April 15, 2004

Philae Island and Isis Temple Complex

Philae Island was actually have submerged below water of the reservoir created by the old Aswan Dam. Between 1972 and 1980, the massive temple was disassembled and removed stone by stone from island of Philae and reconstructed 20 m higher at nearby Agilkia Island. It's dedicated to god Isis.

To get to Philae Island, we shared a boat with those who travelled with us in the van. We had to pay the boat ourself, as it was, again, not included with the tour package. So, to enjoy the stunning aura and romantic surrounding the Philae Island and Isis Temple, we had to pay EGP 4 for the boat and EGP 10 (EGP 20 without ISIC) for the admission. Anyway, I couldn't really enjoyed it as the heat made me quite suffering.

The first pylon facing the outer temple court. It's 18 m high towers with reliefs of Ptolemy XII (Cleopatra's father) smiting enemies.

Kiosk of Trajan, or Pharaoh's Bed. Originally main entrance to the Temple, inside Roman Emperor Trajan is depicted making offerings to Isis, Orisis and Horus.

Wall carvings in Temple of Isis


Anonymous Philae only temple in egypt said...

Very informative post. Philae is an island located in the River Nile.Philae is a small island and it is famous for copious and pleasing ruins, they attrct more tourist. You can see tomb of Osiris.Philae is a amazing place for its special effects of shade as well as lights. Best time to visit Philae is from October to March.

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