Vincent Poon :: Philae (20th Apr 2007)
This island has many temples, built upon by Pharaohs and Caesars of different era. Out of these, the most famous one is definitely the temple of Isis, dedicated to the goddess of the same name, who was also the mother of Horus. Like Abu Simbel, the whole complex was also relocated bits by bits by UNESCO in order to save it from the flooding of the high dam.

Although it was the first temple I visited, I was already impressed by its use of Egyptian-style pylons and the Greek/Roman-style columns. The mix 'n match at 300BC really worked out!
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Out of all the temples I have been, this one was the only one where we had to go by boat
These boats are the only form of transportation between the island and Aswan
Approaching the Island of Philae
Side view (left) of the temple of Isis as we approach the island
Out of all the temples I have been, this one was the only one where we had to go by boat
These boats are the only form of transportation between the island and Aswan
Approaching the Island of Philae
Side view (left) of the temple of Isis as we approach the island
Although this was built in the Graeco-Roman period, it still preserves the Egyptian temple strucutre of having huge pylons.
The western colonade in the outer temple court of Isis
Possibly influenced by the Greeks, this temple has more columns than others.
Temple of Isis, first pylon (18m high)
Although this was built in the Graeco-Roman period, it still preserves the Egyptian temple strucutre of having huge pylons.
The western colonade in the outer temple court of Isis
Possibly influenced by the Greeks, this temple has more columns than others.
Temple of Isis, first pylon (18m high)
The lion guarding the entrance of the temple
The pylons and the reliefs of this temple are quite intact. On the left shows Ptolemy XII massacring his enemies.
On the right shows Pharaoh's offering to Horus and Isis
The goddess Isis
The lion guarding the entrance of the temple
The pylons and the reliefs of this temple are quite intact. On the left shows Ptolemy XII massacring his enemies.
On the right shows Pharaoh's offering to Horus and Isis
The goddess Isis
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