In this post, we give an introduction to Philae Temple. This is part 2 of a 6 part series – plus some information about Egyptian Mythology.

Philae Temple from the boat

Introduction to Philae Temple

The island of Philae was the home of the Temple dedicated to the Goddess Isis. Philae, the modern-day name, is Greek but the ancient Egyptians called the island P-aaleq which amongst other definitions has the dual meaning of “end” and “creation”.

It is believed that the various structures contained on Philae Island took 800 years to build (mostly during the roman period). The influence of the roman period can be seen in the design of pillars within the Temple complex. In addition to the temple priests practicing daily rituals, the island was the home of various stonemasons, carpenters, and other crafts men who continually building and extending structures.

Aswan Dam Wall

But with the construction initially of the Aswan Dam (also known as the Old Dam) and then with the construction of the High Dam which formed Lake Nasser, the Island of Philae and its temples where to be completely submerged.

A rescue operation took place, which has seen that the Philae temples re-located to the nearby island of Agilkia, situated on higher ground some 500 metres away.

The Philae Temples have been beautifully restored and laid out in a similar manner as they were on the original Philae Island. It is a “must see” destination for people when in the Aswan area.

Aswan Dam Wall

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