Philae temple was built in 690 BC and it is considered the last of the ancient temples constructed in the classical Egyptian style. It serves as an amazing example of the cult that was built around her story of Osiris & Isis.
Explore the Relocation Process of Philae Temple
When the low dam was constructed in Aswan, the rising water of Lake Nasser inundated Philae Island in addition to threatening Philae temple. The height of the dam raised twice from 1907:1912 and from 1929 to 1934. The temple was going to be completely lost because of the construction of Aswan High Dam. The temples had to be relocated, piece-by-piece, to nearby islands, such as Bigeh or Elephantine.
That is why the UNESCO established a huge project to save the temple and move it to higher ground near Agilkia Island. Although the buildings were physically secure, the island’s attractive vegetation and the colors of the reliefs of the temple were washed away. In addition, the bricks of the Philae temples soon became encrusted with silt and other debris carried by the Nile. Today, when we see the complex stands like this, one must wonder how it was moved & reconstructed to be that famous tourist attraction.
Interesting Facts About Philae Temple
Osiris was buried on the Philae Island where the temple stood so it is the most sacred temple among the whole ones by both Egyptians and Nubians. Inside the temple, you find the birth house, which was dedicated to Hathor & Isis to honor their son Horus.
There are eight columns separated from the court by screens in addition to many Coptic crosses and Greek inscriptions are found inside the first room of the temple. There is an inscription that commemorates the archeological expedition that was sent in 1841 to Philae above the door of the temple.
Discover the Tale of Philae Temple with Your Own Eyes
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Are All Nile Cruises Available at Any Time?
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What are Egypt's Visa Requirements?
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What is the Weather is Like?
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Should I Give Tips in Egypt?
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What is the Best Time of Visit Egypt?
It is known the best time to travel to Egypt is in the winter from September to April as the climate becomes a bit tropical, a warm atmosphere with a winter breeze. You will also be notified a week before your trip if the weather is unsafe or if any changes have been made.
Can I Enter the Pyramids?
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How to Enjoy Egypt During Ramadan?
Ramadan is a special time of year for Muslims that should be celebrated by non-Muslims and feel the essence of the Islamic culture. You can fast with the Muslim or just observe but you are always welcome to join the celebrations and festivals.