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The Philae Tempel is located on an island on the Nile (today Nasser lake). Actually it would have to change its name, because the island Philae is today under water and the temple was broken down and rebuilt on another island. Actually quite close to it, you can still see where it stood.
Philae was the main cultural place for the goddess Isis (wife of Osiris, mother of Horus) and it was so much loved place to go, that until far into christian times it was a pagan bastion.
Today experts speculate that the Maria cult was "invented" to attract the followers of Isis to christianity.

The most known building on the island is the Trajans Kiosk (see picture).
It makes a great view when approaching the island in one of these small boats.
The Kiosk was built in the late Ptolomeic times and combines egypt and roman stile.

  • Last visit to Philae: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated Dec 2, 2004
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  • Paul2001's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Philae was one of my favourite Egyptian monuments. Great tips. Yes it is sad that so many reliefs were chiselled away.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2006 at 2:10 AM

    Another very interesting spot in Egypt! Too bad that people and religions seem to have a habit of defacing things. Carving out those sculptured faces is almost as bad as the Taliban blowing up the ancient Bamiyan temple in Afghanistan.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2006 at 11:11 PM

    Philae is indeed a special place, I guess because it was saved from being drowned under the waters. Nice page, thanks for sharing!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2006 at 12:14 PM

    an interesting page ! There seems to be nothing new under the sun : such graffities made by the old Romans could still be seen in Pompeji as well ;-)

  • CandS's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2005 at 3:21 AM

    Ahhhh...brings back memories from our visit there... :) I loved Egypt!

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2004 at 1:38 PM

    I loved Philae Island... nice tips :)

  • Alphons's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2004 at 2:52 AM

    very nice page and pics, greetings Alphons...


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