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The Philae Temple

The Philae Temple Aswan

Located a few kilometers south of Aswan, the Temple of Philae was built to honor the goddess Isis between the years of 380 BC and 300 AD and includes Greco-Roman influences in its elaborate columns. The Philae Temple was moved in the 1970s to its current location from a nearby island to save it from the rising waters of the Aswan reservoir between the Low and High dams. Two vast rings were constructed around the island to dam out the waters and then the Temple was cut into blocks and moved piece by piece to higher ground, where it took three years to dry out. Today, visitors reach the Temple by boat, or for more adventurous travelers, by kayak. The complex features a temple dedicated to the Nubian god Arenssnuphis. There is a sound and light show offered some evenings. Contact Indagare to arrange a tour.

Written by Melissa Biggs Bradley

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