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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.
Built around 1900 during the British occupation of Egypt, the Aswan Dam was the largest of its kind at the time. The... more travel advice
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