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Address: Aswan, Egypt
Description: The buildings on this island were removed and relocated when the island...
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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Amazing Historical Site

My wife and I came here in March for our 17th anniversary. This temple was one of our favorites that we visited on an 8-day tour. While this temple was mainly from the time of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

My wife and I came here in March for our 17th anniversary. This temple was one of our favorites that we visited on an 8-day tour. While this temple was mainly from the time of the Ptolemaic dynasty and not as old as other temples, it is still very beautiful. Similar to the Temple of Ramses at Abu Simbel, this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Very funny trip to the island. You go in a boat for 5 min (you have to pay a fee). The temple is very beautiful and the little market next to it is lovable, due to its spices, teas and drinks

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

When in Aswan, do not miss a trip to the Philae Temples. They are not on the original islands because of the Aswan High Dam, but they have been rebuilt on another island just as they were in their original location. Well worth the visit!

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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

A nice island and a very interesting place. Worth the visit but not as amazing as some of the historic sites nearby

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

No tour to Egypt is complete without visiting Philae Island - such a beautiful place steeped in Egyptian History. Too good to miss - thoroughly recommend the visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

The whole journey is an unique experience, very different form Cairo or ALexandria. Nubian market leading to a ferry - boatride on Nile , reaching the Philae island, the beautiful temple, awesome views. Very exotic , very aweinpiring and the history ! Should devote ample time on this one.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We went in the daytime on a trip and then back in the evening which I thought was a bit odd. But it was like anothere place at night. The light show was fantastic with a narrative booming out by Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. A trip to remember

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I visited during the day and at night - both are worthwhile but is you only do one I'd suggest the evening - walking through the temple while hearing the story of Isis, Osiris et al as it lights up then watching the whole temple light up before a trip on the boat back to shore is a special experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Amazing and well worth a visit & you can use your camera everywhere. You arrive by boat which just adds to the mystery.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

This was a lovely sail in a motor launch to Philae and the Temple is most interesting. Our guide Sherif was very knowledgeable about the story within. In the late afternoon we had to don the life jackets again to see the evening light show. The Nubian people are very happy and the sellers don't pester too much!

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Address: Aswan, Egypt
Location: Africa  >  Egypt  >  Nile River Valley  >  Aswan Governorate  >  Aswan

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