Philae
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The original site of Philae lies underneath the waters of Lake Nasser; however, with the help of UNESCO, the entire temple was relocated to a new island, Agilkia, just south of Aswan. The earliest monuments on the island date are from the reign of Nectanebo I, while the largest structure on the island is the Temple of Isis, whose earliest decorations date to Ptolemy II. Nearby are the Temple of Hathor, a temple of Augustus, the Gate of Diocletian, and the unfinished kiosk of Trajan. Inhabitation by the Christians led to the destruction of many of the decorations within the temples.

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Open daily.
Summer: 7 AM – 6 PM
Winter: 7 AM – 5 PM

TICKET COST:
Egyptian: 2 LE
Foreign: 40 LE
50% reduction for bearers of International Student ID Card

LOCATION:
The island is between the Old Dam and the High Dam at Aswan.

DIRECTIONS:
BY FERRY: The island is only accessible by private ferry, about 25 LE for a two-way trip. Pay the boatman on the return trip.

FACILITIES:
On the island, there is a small tourist bazaar and a café.

The pylon of the Temple of Isis (Martina Minas-Nerpel)

 

The Island of Agilika, with the Kiosk of Trajan in the foreground (Martina Minas-Nerpel)