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Philae temple (Isis Temple)
One of the most impressive to visit in Aswan…….
The Isis Temple of Philae on Agilkia Island the Isis temple seen from the northwest like many other temples and villages along the Nubian stretch of the Nile. The temple on the island was destined to be submerged by the rising water of the Nile, After building the Aswan low Dam (1912) and the high Dam (1964) the original island of Philae now lies submerged but the temple was dismantled and reconstructed on the higher terrain of nearby Agilkia island Philae’s history is a fairly old one; the earliest evidence of religious structures dates from the time of the Nubian pharaoh Tahraqa (7th century BC). During the Graeco-Roman period Philae become the prime cult center of Isis, who was revered through out much of the Roman world. It survived as a last outpost of the old pagan religion till AD 550, when it was officially closed.
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