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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 37 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.
Reviewed October 15, 2013

you get to this island by water taxi, not expensive, the taxi takes you along side the attractions
to a small landing stage. disembark and walk the boarded walkway to the temple of hathor and
and then to the main pylons of the temple of isis, there is a lot to see and it is best to get a booklet on this complex, there is too much to take in from a guide, next to the temple of isis, is
the trojan's pavilion and various other artifacts. a walk to other end of the island is very rewarding
where there still seems to be work going on. also for anyone interested in flowering shrubs, this
is the place to spend an hour the flowers in may are wonderful. adjacent to the landing stage is
a small souks and a cafe with tables overlooking the lake,this is an excellant place to cool down
and have a drink, too soon the trip is over and back to the taxi.

1  Thank ronald p
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

The Temple at Philae was a great introduction to the worship practices of the ancient Egyptians (and later the Greco-Egyptians and Romans). The carvings on the walls were outstanding and clearly showed the homage of the Pharaohs to their gods Osiris, Horus and Hothar. It was made more remarkable to think that the whole complex had been relocated from its original position to the nearby island of Agilkia. The locals were friendly (moreso than at Giza) and the boatmen knew their business and even the traders were helpful. It pays to go with a guide (in our case a professional Egyptologist, Dr Akram Allam) who can explain the significance of the various carvings - their ancient religion and practices then make a lot more sense and one can see the beauty and organisation of the ancient society. Even at a time of severe trouble (April-May 2013), we felt absolutely safe and the Egyptian people are naturally out-going, friendly and family orientated.

1  Thank Peter S
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

I loved what I saw and relating it back into those years where I felt may be I lived there many many years ago. This Island is a must see. Request for a good guide who can let the Island come alive.

Thank GBEFALOR
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

Magnificent temple relocated and good views. Take note of the ferry hastle since they ask for rates as they wish, we paid 100LE for a ferry of our own for three of us. But negotiate since they came down to 100 from 150!

Thank Suganthi M
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

This is unmissable. Philae Temple at Aswan is amazing. The temple was relocated to an island after the High Aswan Dam was built. Very beautiful, steeped in history both ancient and modern. Breathtaking setting. Stroll through the temple at leisure, soaking up the sun and hieroglyphics. I was temporarily sized by a giggling fit as the Egyptologist explained part of a frieze was missing because Queen Hathor had lost her lover's penis and the missing piece was the penis, but hey ho, these Egyptians were hedonists of the highest order.
Tricky if you have mobility problems due to boarding small boats. Amazing place.

Thank jackie c
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