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  The Aswan Dam from the lake side
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  • The Aswan Dam from the lake side - Philae
      The Aswan Dam from the lake side
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  • Aswan Dam behind the boats - Philae
      Aswan Dam behind the boats
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  • Lake behind the dam - Philae
      Lake behind the dam
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Built around 1900 during the British occupation of Egypt, the Aswan Dam was the largest of its kind at the time. The result was a higher water level behind the dam and much land was submerged under water, particularly during the flood season in the summer. The original island of Philae and its ancient ruins were one such victim. For years, the ruins were submerged under water about 6 months per year and tourists navigated between the ruins in boats. In the 1970s, with the help of UNESCO the Temple of Isis and other structures were moved from the original island of Philae to the higher neighbouring island of Agilkia, which was landscaped to resemble the original. Stone by stone, the temples were rebuilt on drier grounds. The Aswan Dam, which was meant to regulate the waters of the Nile, eventually proved insufficient for the task and its height was twice increased, yet it was clear that another larger dam was needed. Thus, in the 1960s the High Dam was created further upstream. The motorway from Aswan to its airport and to Abu Simbel crosses over the Aswan Dam, and it is seen when visiting the ruins of Philae.

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  • Updated Mar 19, 2008
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