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Aswan: Temple of Philae

The temple of Philae on Agiika Island in Lake Nasser
The first view visitors get of the Temple of Philae on Agilika Island


In the 1960s, the Aswan High Dam was built to control the flow of the Nile. This resulted in the creation of Lake Nasser, some 300km (180 miles) long.

It was obvious when the Dam was being built that many ancient structures would be drowned by Lake Nasser, so UNESCO funded the rescuing of a number of them. They were demolished and then rebuilt stone by stone outside the area of the lake.

One of the most striking is the Temple of Philae which was moved to a specially constructed island, and it is hard to believe that it has not been there for 2000 years.


Boats waiting for ferry tourists to the Temple of Philae
Just south of the Aswan High Dam, is the small port on Lake Nasser where boats
leave for Agilika Island on which Philae Temple was re-built

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