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Philae Island

Aswan, Egypt
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Ranked #2 of 20 Attractions in Aswan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Islands, Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: The buildings on this island were removed and relocated when the island was submerged upon construction of the High Dam in the 1960s.
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Houston, Texas
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100 reviews 100 reviews
35 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This was a fascinating stop. It is an amazing place with multi layers of history. The birds around the island were beautiful. The people of Aswan are warm and friendly. I would put this one on your list of temples to visit.

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Oakland, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The Nile is so blue, the limestone and other stone structures are gorgeous, the weather perfect in what is winter in more Northern climates. I would go back in a second if I could! So much to see and learn about!

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Kansas City, Missouri
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115 reviews 115 reviews
64 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This was a magnificent experience. The boat ride over was great. It gave us an opportunity to see the surrounding area. Beautiful. The temple was also reminiscent of trips we took to Rome and Greece. It was very interesting to see the handicrafts made by the Nubian people. I suggest this being part of whatever tour you are on. It... More

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Normanton, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

only way to this temple is by boat it is as cheap to go on an organised tour as solo the temple was moved around the same time as abu simbel it is Greco roman in good condition being the last one used to worship the ancient Egyptian religion before being closed by the romans not for anyone that is... More

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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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25 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

i can't describe how proud i am with my ancestors and my Pharaohs the art of building of this temple is magnificent the island in the middle of the Nile i first visit it I was 6 years old and now i am 25 i can't get enough of it

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Southern California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

This is our third time to Philae Island. a small boat ride to the island and then you can explore this amazing temple and be in awe of how it was reconstructed in recent years. In Egypt, you either hire a guide or you spend the entire time repeatedly telling guides you don't need them. My advice, hire the guide,... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Philae island is a beautiful stop on your visit to Aswan. We took a small boat to the island and spent approx 1-hr there. I found, as with many other monuments in Egypt, my time was made more valuable with a guide's commentary. I would recommend that you take your time as there is a lot to see. This island... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Wnen you arrive on this island via a motor bout a sense of serenty is bestowed upon you, then is something about Philae. Wonder around the island and you feel the essence of the years past , and to learn that this temple was moved in recent years is just amazing. Take you time and explore this island there is... More

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

I got extreme peace and serenity in this island. Beautiful temple it has with beautiful arts done on the pillars and mesmerizing history make you a part of that mysterious era. The boat ride was very enjoyable too. Its a great sight for clicking as well.

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Cairo, Egypt
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

philae is my favourite site in Aswan,amazing location,awesome temple,many good stories decorating the walls,unbelievable story of saving and re-building the temple....teaching about the beautiful Goddess ISIS and Horus and Osiris.motor boat trip to the Island is very nice too.

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