Philae was a holy island in the Nile River where the ancient Egyptians built a temple to the goddess Isis. With the projects to dam the Nile - first with the Aswan Dam, then later in the 1960s with the High Aswan Dam - the island became increasingly submerged and the temple threatened. As part of UNESCO's project to rescue the ancient monuments threatened by the river damming, the island was itself dammed, surrounded by a high wall, until all the water was gone and the building could be cut into sections and moved. The project took 10 years.

Now the temple is on the higher, nearby Agilka Island and worthy of a visit. Isis was a very important goddess in ancient times. She was known as the Mother of God, giver of life, protector and healer of kings and her temple was once the site of many pilgrimages.

Practical Info

Many of the organized tours to the Aswan High Dam also visit Philae Temple. Alternately you can take a taxi to the ferry dock 4 miles south of Aswan and catch the river boat over to the island.

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5-Day Nile River Cruise from Luxor to Aswan with Optional Private Guide

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you cruise the Nile on a 5-day journey from Luxor to Aswan. You also have the opportunity to upgrade to a private guided tour so ...  Read more

Location: Luxor, concludes Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $307.00

8-Day Nile River Cruise from Luxor to Aswan with Optional Private Guide

4 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Spend eight days on a voyage down the beautiful and romantic Nile River on a cruise from Luxor to Aswan and explore the historic temples, tombs and relics of ...  Read more

Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $423.00

4-Day Nile River Cruise from Aswan to Luxor with Optional Private Guide

4.5 star rating: Recommended 48 Reviews

Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you cruise the Nile on a 4-day journey from Aswan to Luxor. Sightseeing, entrance fees and meals are included on this ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, concludes Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $234.00

Private Tour: Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk

4 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Take a private tour to explore three of Aswan most popular and well known sites. Walk on the High Dam which separates Lake Nasser from the Nile, be astounded ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.00

8-Day Nile River Cruise from Aswan to Luxor with Optional Private Guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Spend eight days relaxing on a leisurely Nile River cruise from Aswan to Luxor and explore the historic temples, tombs and relics of the the Upper Nile, ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $423.00

Philae Temple Sound and Light Show with Private Transport

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

A visit to Philae Temple at night to attend the Sound and Light Show is a magical experience. The floodlit buildings are silhouetted against the volcanic ...  Read more

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $38.00

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