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Considered one of Egypt's most romanticised sites, the Complex of Philae has been attracting visitors and pilgrims for over two thousand years. Dedicated to the cult of Isis, the original construction first began under Nectanebo I in the 4th century BC and continued for centuries through Ptolemaic and Roman periods, while the complex persisted as the last bastion of paganism in the Roman Empire. It is here that Ancient Egyptian religion was finally extinguished, as late as 540 AD. The temples were later converted to churches only to be abandoned as Islam slowly took over the region. After the completion of the Aswan Dam in 1902, the temples of Philae were submerged under water for about six months per year, but in 1970, with the help of UNESCO, the entire complex was dismantled and reconstructed on the higher Agilkia island next door. The new island was even landscaped to look like the original island of Philae. Visiting this site is a must when in Aswan. It is located about 15 minutes south of Aswan by car, then it can only be reached by boat.

Egypt December 2007 Itinerary:
Cairo - Saqqara - Pyramids of Giza; Luxor - Karnak - Necropolis of Thebes; Aswan - Philae - Kalabsha; Abu Simbel; Cairo again.

  • Last visit to Philae: Dec 2007
  • Intro Updated Mar 19, 2008
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  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Magnificent page on Egypt! Just beautiful, your tips surely have helped me to visit Egypt virtually before my personal visit. I shall be there next week.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2008 at 6:24 AM

    Thank you Momo for another fabulous page about another magnificent place in Egypt! Outstanding photos and interesting description bringing back memories about those happy days when I happened to touch stones of the Temple (only during "light&sound" show)

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