The Philae Temple was built by the Roman emperor Ptolemy in 145 BC. It was dedicated to the goddess Isis, the wife of Osiris and mother of Falcon God Horus.
The Legend goes that the God Osiris was murdered and dismembered by his brother Seth. Isis searches for the fragments, collects them together and with her magic powers brings Osiris back to life. Isis gives birth to the Falcon God Horus and protects him when he is young. Horus grows up and avenges his father by defeating Seth in battle.
Isis was a very important figure in the ancient world known as the Mother God. She was the giver of life, a healer and protector. During the Roman period her cult spread throughout Greece and the Roman Empire.
Majority of the Philae temple was nearly lost underwater due to construction of Aswan High Dam in 1960. In an engineering feat the whole island was surrounded with a dam and the insides pumped dry. The temple was successfully relocated by UNESCO where every stone block was labelled, the whole complex dismantled into about 40,000 units to be assembled, like a giant jigsaw puzzle, on the higher ground of nearby Agilka island. The whole project took ten years and saved one of Egypt’s most beautiful temples from destruction.
Our boat ride to Philae temple was relaxing, breezy and full of beautiful sights of the colorful Nubian village. At first glance the sheer size of the temple complex was overwhelming. The Bas-relief adorned every pillar and post of Philae. We spent the next hour wrapped in attention listening to our Egyptologist Michael who took us back in time.
The 45 C heat finally got to us and it was now time to head out to our cruise boat MS Amarco.
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