The temple of Philae, dedicated to Isis, has one of the best Ptolemaic temples in Egypt. However, after the construction of the old dam in 1904, for much of the year the temple was under water, and could only been in August, when sluice gates were opened to relieve the pressure as the Nile flooded. After the Aswan High Dam was built, the temple was dismantled and rebuilt on the island of Agilkia, 150 metres away, helped by UNESCO.
A visit here is generally included in your Nile cruise, and you are taken across to the island in small boats. I visited the temple in 2011, and if I hadn’t been told by our Egyptologist that the temple had been moved stone by stone to the island, I wouldn’t have known.
The short video and photos below were taken by me during my visit. For more information on just what is included in a Nile cruise, call EgyptIan at Nile Cruises with GoCruise, on 01455821770 or 08002922850.