Temple of Philae is one of the best-preserved Ptolemaic temples in Egypt (along with the temple of Edfu and the complex of Abydos) and was one of the most important sanctuaries in Egypt and Nubia until 551 when Emperor Justinian ordered its closure. Isis was very popular in Roman times and its cult continued on the island until the beginning of the 6th century AD, even after the closure of the Egyptian temples.
the Temple of Philae in Egypt is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved in the country. The temple is dedicated to Isis, the female goddess of love, magic, and motherhood, a deity present in many ancient religions.
This beautiful temple complex is one of the most picturesque in Egypt. It is located on the island of Anguilla south of the old Aswan dam. The temple of Philae is one of the temples saved from the waters during the construction of the Aswan Dam, together with the temple of Abu Simbel. In ancient times, it was on the island of the same name, but with the construction of the Aswan Dam, the island would be submerged, so the temple was carefully moved, stone after stone, to its present location, a few kilometers from the dam. Therefore, it is an almost obligatory visit for cruises crossing the waters of the Nile.
When you enter the temple you cannot fail to admire the beauty of its architecture and its long history, which makes Philae one of the essential visits to the land of the pharaohs. All the buildings inside give an idea of the splendor of the temple in its golden age. In fact, it was one of the last temples of ancient Egypt to be abandoned. It is interesting to note that the Temple of Philae contains the last Egyptian hieroglyphics written in history, dating back to ancient Egyptian history.
Rescue of the temple took eight years, from 1972 to 1980: the monuments were isolated with an 850 meters long, 15 meters high and 2 meters wide bonnet to protect them from the rising waters, the island of Agilkia was remodeled to make it similar to that of Philae.
To get to the island of Agilkia, you will have to cross the Nile by motorboat (10-15 minutes). You will arrive at the domain of Isis by boat. During this short cruise try to imagine the buildings and columns covered with beautiful colorful paintings surrounded by date palms, palm trees, and mimosas. The island of Philae was known for its lush flora and has inspired poets through the ages.
We can give you the opportunity to discover Luxor and Aswan on board a Nile cruise with a qualified guide. Book now!