Temple Complex: Distant Views (page 1 of 4 pages)

4th century BCE-Ptolemaic

The original sacred island of Philae is now beneath Lake Nasser. Between 1972 and 1980 the temples on this island were dismantled and rebuilt on a higher nearby island, which has been renamed Philae. This temple complex was an important cult center in Greco-Roman times and a popular tourist spot for 18th and 19th century travelers. However, these visitors saw brightly painted capitals--before the temple complex was submerged in the waters of the Aswan Dam. The new Philae is generally approached from the north on the western side. The return boat trip is toward the north on the east side.

Distant views on the west side, going progressively south


Distant views on the west side, going progressively south


Left: The Southwest corner; right: the East side

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