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Philae Island

Aswan, Egypt
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Ranked #2 of 20 attractions in Aswan
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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Alexandria, Egypt
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Bath, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

What I have written for Philea temple applies to Phillea island. Do not miss it! But remember you take enough time to visit as you have to travel by boat both ways. It can get very bussy also with Egyptians, but there are hunderds of boats. Again ensure you have a good guide. Sunset on the Island can be beautiful

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

I've had the pleasure of touring this temple to Isis twice now and each time has been special. There are so many places to see here. The Holy of Holies is peaceful and you can tell that the people who lovingly moved it block by block to it's new island, before the High Dam sank it did so with care... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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120 reviews 120 reviews
55 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

The Island is mainly covered by Philae Temple, but there are lovely views from the Island. There is also the remains of the Coptic Church at the far end of the Island.

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Elkhart, Indiana, United States
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

A nice place to visit in Aswan and see how it was moved from one location to another. Be ready to negotiate hard for the boat ride over to the island, as this is not included in your ticket price. It is best if you find someone who speaks Arabic to negotiate for you, perhaps from your hotel.

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Valencia, Spain
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30 reviews 30 reviews
26 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

If you're like me and prefer not to continually be part of tour groups, and instead prefer venturing out on your own, then I would urge you skip the standard tour that also includes the obelisk and high dam, which I'd visited on a previous trip and wish I hadn't. However, for getting to the island, I recommend having someone... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

I like the boat ride, but the hassling from the vendors did leave me with bad experience. Nontheless, there were harmless and our egyptologist, Mohamed Emam of Memphis Tours had already pre-empted us on how to handle them.

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