"Last Retreat for the Ancient Egyptian Religion" Philae by atufft
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The Greeks and Romans visited as far south as Philae and Kalabsha (see my Aswan pages for tips about Kalabsha), rarely seeking out Abu Simbel, and almost certainly not invading the Sudan. In any case, the influence of Greek religion and art are very clearly part of The Temples at Philae, which have a natural love of the human body, particularly at the Temple of Isis. Construction began under Ptolemy II (285 - 246 BC)and was completed by Roman Emperors as late as Diocletian (CE 284 - 305). Thus, the Temple of Trajan is a significant contribution here, though none of the construction uses the Roman arch architecture. In any case, the cult surrounding the God Isis became very popular in the ancient world.
Temple of Philae remained a place of worship and use of hieroglyphics well into Christian times, but by order of Christian Bishop Theodorus, during the reign of Justinian, the temple was closed. The early Christians transformed the main temple's hypostyle into a chapel, they built some churches, and defaced the old reliefs. Their inscriptions in turn were defaced by the early Muslims.
The rising waters actually flooded the Temple of Isis, but in a heroic effort, UNESCO, financed a plan to isolate the island, pump out the water, and remove the entire temple to a higher island location where it stands today. Note the water damage in this image. See the tips for the general views, more artwork and discussion of this great temple complex. The ride by ferry boat from the high dam is itself worth the trip. See also my tips on Aswan and Abu Simbel.
- Pros:Great Ptolemaic Island Temple
- Cons:Water Damage and Defacement Undermine the Beauty of the God Isis
- In a nutshell:Temple of Philae is a must see place from Aswan
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