TEMPLE OF PHILAE

The Temple of Isis at Philae was built at the Ptolemaic and Roman times and like other temples, was converted to a church by the Coptics. The columns are more Greek in influence than Egyptian, with varying styles of capitals as opposed to the more uniform Egyptian Papyrus capitals.

Like Abu Simbel this temple complex was also relocated to this island to save it from the high damn project. Read more on the(Wiki link).

TEMPLE OF PHILAE (MAP)

We board our motor launch and set off (#) Accross the water towards the Aswan damn (#)
We approach by motor launch (#) Looking up at the temple from the water (#) Temple of Nectanebo as we entered from the south west corner of the complex
The view of the First Pylon down the East Colonnade Looking down the West Colonnade from the Temple of Nectanebo The column capitals are in varying Greek styles and some have not been completed
The Gate of Ptolemy against the first pylon Two lions flank the entrance to the first pylon Inside is the second pylon with its granite plaque (#)
Ptolemy presents offerings to the gods Horus and Sekmet The Coptics also used Philae as a church
Temple of Hathor and a closer look Looking across the temple of Hathor to Trajan's pavilion
On the other side of the east colonnade is the Temple of Imhotep Trajan's pavilion From the other side you can see the location the temple of Philae was, marked by poles in the water, before being relocated
(#) - image supplied by Don Anderson

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