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Review of Philae Island

Philae Island
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Private Tour: Philae Temple the Unfinished Obelisk and High Dam in Aswan
Ranked #2 of 38 things to do in Aswan
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Owner 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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Reviewed April 26, 2013 via mobile

Philae Temple at Aswan is a must see. Relocated to an island after the High Dam was built its aspect is quite beautiful and its engineering (both ancient and modern) is awesome. A guide, as usual, is a good idea for interpreting and explaining.

Visited April 2013
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Gosford, Australia
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“Fascinating Island”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

When you approach the island on a small motor boat, you will gasp in awe at the remains of the temple. Essentially Egyptian in its storytelling through hieroglyphics, the temple is roughly 4000 years old and there are Roman elements to be explored in the architecture. The temple had to be moved, stone by stone, from its original position when the Aswan Dam was created, but it was a logical solution to the problem of supplying water to the inhabitants of modern Egypt, and a job well done. They have marked the original position of the temple in the water and this can be seen from the comfortable coffee shop at the venue where hawkers fear to tread with their wares. You have to pass them en route to the temple, but how taxing is it, really, to stop and have a bit of a look on your way out? I bought some lovely African hand-made jewellery for a song because I was prepared to make a game out of bargaining, which the locals enjoy. Have a bit of fun with it. They are reliant upon tourism in Egypt and not enough of us are going there at the moment, so it was no struggle on my part to help out!

Visited March 2013
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Aldershot, United Kingdom
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“Island temple”
Reviewed March 5, 2013 via mobile

Definitely worth a visit. Travel the short trip by boat to the temple complex, then be prepared for some amazing sights! The majestic columns and stunning carvings on the front walls of the temple take your breath away- so hard to believe these are 4,000 years old! You do have to run the gauntlet of the locals trying to sell you everything from postcards to pyjamas on the way in and out (as at all the attractions in upper Egypt) - but if you're willing to haggle you can grab yourself a bargain!!

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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“The best thing to see in Aswan”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

The Philae Temple complex is definitely the attraction of most interest in Aswan and it is a must see. The temple is located on Agilkia Island in Lake Nasser and you will reach it by boat. The boat trip is a very nice prelude to the visit of the temple and gives you great view of the island and the surrounding areas (excellent moment for photos so prepare your camera). The temple is fascinating on its own, but the story of how it is transferred from its original building grounds (Philae Island which was 500 m. away) to be saved from the flood due to the dam construction, makes the place even more magical. In order to be transferred to this spot the temple was dismantled into more than 40 000 pieces and then rebuild again on this island. The temple complex consists of the bigger structure which is the Temple of Isis and a smaller one which is the Kiosk of Trajan. As with most other places in Egypt it is good to have a tour guide with you who will tell you these and many more details about the temple and its story.

I absolutely recommend this attraction.

My review is based on my visit in April 2010.

Visited May 2012
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“Very nice views and temple”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

To approach the island starts well the experience. The views of the temple from the water, of the old dam and the original location of the temple are very nice. The temple itself is very nice and has interesting inscriptions. Take a guide with you, it will make a real difference. Weather in Feb is just perfect!

Visited February 2013
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