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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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Normanton, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
25 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

This island has it all - Egyptian, Ptolemaic and Roman additions. This, like the temples at Abu Simbel, was moved when flooding threatened this historic site. It is flawless and breathtaking - a must see while you are in Egypt. You can even see examples of this site being converted to a Christian site as well as ancient graffiti. My... More

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Cairo, Egypt
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4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

it is a great place to visit if you are fan of history and pharaohs, you can spend many hours exploring the temples walls, to reach there you have to take a boat, what i didnt like is that the place is very touristic, the sound and light show by night was really boring, very crowded, but you have to... More

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Alexandria, Egypt
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

A magical island in the middle of the Nile. Very pretty temple and museum and seen. You take a small boat ( felouka) from your Nile cruise or from land to reach the island. Don't forget your camera.

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