Temple of Philae
Temple of Philae
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This large temple complex, relocated to the island of Agilika with the building of the High Dam in Aswan, features the magnificent Temple of Isis that was built in the late Ptolemaic and early Roman periods.
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  • herculesmom
    138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Skip Evening Night Show
    Went during day and returned for night time light show. Had a guided tour during day and gave a better appreciation of the site by sharing its history and pointing out significant aspects. Otherwise no literature or markings to learn of its history or significance while at the site. Many wonderful spots for photo opportunities. Boat ride in was scenic. Pier at boat dock had many local peddlers selling wares, also at the parking lot. Small cafe at the site for a quick bite or drink under the shade. Handful of souvenir vendors at the site by the cafe. The night time light show was very crowded and self guided in some fashion. Bring a flash light because the site walkway is not lit and the path is uneven. Massive crowds moving together in a pack. Expect to be on your feet, in the dark, moving as one mass from outer courtyard to inner courtyard and complex listening to an ancient story. I had heard this story earlier via the local guide hired for the day tour so this was a repeat. End seated at the outdoor rock seat arena. Very cold, layer up. Knowing what I know now, I would have skipped the evening night show.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 September 2023
  • Sophie & Paul
    Montreal, Canada251 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Something to be experienced
    The Philae temple is the last step prior to Abu Sindel. While riding in a water taxi, the backdrop of the temple on the Nile is something that must be experienced. We just hope you do this in low season, but which is also the hottest weather. My wife and I simultaneously said, “it’s a good thing we are not in the high season”.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 September 2023
  • browncondo2102
    Kitchener, Canada1,763 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Motoring through the Cataracts
    As were were motoring through the cataracts on our Nubian captained motor boat for the morning, we stopped by a school to visit the children. Fun was had by all. We were then off to The Temple of Philae which was built around 690 BC.It was built to honour Isis. It was moved to Agikia Island from Philae Island because of Lake Nasser flooding.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • Ryan S
    Cardiff, United Kingdom604 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Unique Temple
    Philae Temple is a unique one, its situated on an island and is one out of seven temples that were moved. This temple has 3 temples located on its island. The main Philae temple which has a large interior and a sacred granite stone. Then there is a smaller temple dedicated to the god of music and sex, named Hathor. Then a taller temple called the Temple of Isis. The temple is a standout as you have to get here by boat and the fact that it has 3 temples. Its probably the best attraction to see in Aswan and one of the most unique temples in Egypt.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 October 2023
  • FayeLG10
    Chester, United Kingdom150 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So beautiful!
    One of the most beautiful temples i got to see in egypt. The journey to philae on the motor boat was amazing getting to see the grandeur before we got to explore was such a treat. The island was busy but not so crowded that i didn't get to see everything i wanted to. The calvings are some of the most beautiful in all of egypt! I will say that it was exceptionally hot when we were there so pleave make sure to take propper precautions as ypu are stuck on an island lol
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 October 2023
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,628 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    No need to join a Group Tour to see this place!
    Through my Guesthouse, I hired a driver for the day and visited this attraction. Entrance fee to this attraction is 300 EGP and 300 for the boat ride or US$20. I was picked up at the Guesthouse and was driven to the area where I met the Boatman. Boat ride took about 10 minutes. Views along the Nile River are beautiful, big boulders, neighborhood in the horizon, etc. There are 3 huge temples to explore here. It was difficult to do selfies here as there were lots of tourists around me. Took pictures of the carvings on the walls, they tell interesting stories as well as as the huge temples. Highly recommended to visit!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 October 2023
  • Headedwestboy
    Frederick, Maryland143 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tribute to the gods
    So I rated this temple a 5 because I had not yet seen the Abu Simbel temple. However, I wouldn’t miss this one either, despite the fact that Abu Simbel is more ornately decorated and the process of moving it even more impressive. This is more of a temple complex with several structures.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 October 2023
  • Eimear99
    Ireland2,786 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Early morning visit
    As part of a group we made an early morning visit to this temple. We travelled out by motorboat. It is a pleasant trip, perhaps 10 minutes long. The temple is an island based temple complex located in the basin of the Aswan low dam. It is very well preserved. It has close connections with Isis the goddess of fertility. There is a lights as d music show each evening at this temple. Some of our group went but I did not. Recommend a visit.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 November 2023
  • Rajesh K K
    Bengaluru, India1,329 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the great temples of ancient Egypt!
    The Temple of Philae is over 2000 years old. The old temple was submerged after the construction of the Aswan Dam. About 50 years ago, the old temple was dismantled block by block and later reconstructed in its current location on the island of Agilki. The closest city is Aswan. The temple is located about 10 km away. Once you reach there, you will need to travel by boat to the island. There are lots of boats available! There are also a few souvenirs and food stalls. Tips - keep 1 hour to explore the island/temple fully and remember to negotiate! Negotiation is a must in Egypt! Also, wear a hat!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 November 2023
  • must_travel_soon_10
    Mississauga, Canada1,808 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Newest Temple
    This is the newest and last of the ancient temples in Egypt. It's been relocated to this island making it that much more special. Short boat ride beside the original Aswan dam is required. The Christians defaced much of the images of ancient gods, but spectacular none the less. As always and everywhere, early is better.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 November 2023
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Holly A
Cairo, Egypt73 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
We arrived at the ticket office bought our tickets and wandered down to the motor boats. The tickets for the temple we 180LE each and the motor boat guys wanted us to pay 400LE each for them to take us across to the temple and back. Needless to say we walked back up the ramp, got our money back and left. We hired a motor boat for the entire day in Luxor for 400LE and did Abu Simbel by private car for 500LE each, so I’d suggest you give this a miss and pay little extra so something much more spectacular.
Written 4 March 2021
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Piranha A
Moscow, Russia52 contributions
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Jul 2021
🛕 🛕 is one of the most exquisite sites you’ ll see in Egypt, The Temple of Philae is located on an island in the Nile River, and the only way to visit
is to take a boat operated by a local. 🛥️ 🛥️ You can reach the boat dock with a taxi, it won’ t take you more than 20 minutes from Aswan and expect to pay from 80 to 150 egyptian pounds, 💵 💵 💵 according your bargaining skill.

Once arrived, you’ ll be welcomed by a few souvenirs shops 🤑 and the official Ticket Booth: as of today, the price of the ticket for an adult is 150 egp; 10 usd

After buying the ticket, you’ ll have to find a deal for a boat trip to the island and back.

You can find much more on Egypt Made Easy youtube channel.

Be sure to confirm the price of the trip with the operator before you get on the boat, as some travelers have been surprised by the amount they can be charged for a ride. Personally, I paid 100 egp for a round trip - if you' re in a group of course you can split the costs.

As you start sailing across the Nile, you’ ll start to feel a kind of magic raising in the air. Many travelers have felt this
Written 30 July 2021
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George Hindmann
Barendrecht, The Netherlands221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
What an amazing place to start our tour of Egypt.
Philae was originally located near the expansive First Cataract of the Nile in Upper Egypt and was the site of an Egyptian temple complex. The first religious building on Philae was likely a shrine built by Pharaoh TAHARQA of the 25th Dynasty which was probably dedicated to Amun..
Great tour guide explained the complexities of the removal of the entire complex from the rising water to this special island. Further to that the history from antiquity.
Christianity seems to have been present at Philae by the fourth century, at which point it coexisted with traditional Egyptian religion. You can see the Christian influence as you walk into the initial court yard by the defaced Egyptian carvings on the walls.
Philae retained significance as a Christian center even after its closure as a pagan site. Five of its temples were converted into churches (including the Temple of Isis, which was dedicated to St. Stephen), and two purpose built churches were constructed on the north side of the island
This temple complex really blew my brains in the very complex history surrounding this structure, and all its surroundings. Therefore much more complete than I expected as a result we spent over 2 hours wandering in and out of the various buildings. The main reception area / court yard & temple took over an hour just admiring the hieroglyphic reliefs on the walls. Our guide realised that our interest was more than the average tourist.!!!
Exceptional experience.
Written 6 February 2020
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Xave Edison
Singapore, Singapore750 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
The temple is situated on an island that requires to take a 15 - 20 min motorboat ride to reach. The scenery along the waterways is beautiful but the haggling for transfer can be quite frustrating. The motorboat guy will try to raise the cost to 300 LE and above (excluding tips) if you are there alone. Try to find other solo or small group travelers to share the cost and take the boat together.

It is also advisable to go as early in the morning before the tour buses and locals start to arrive. Once it becomes crowded, it can get very chaotic as the locals do not have the habit of queueing, and trying to get a ticket becomes a problem.

The temple is not very big but the inscriptions on the walls are quite impressive. The 200 LE entrance fee is a bit pricey for a 1 - 2h walk around the temple.
Written 14 February 2023
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CaliforniaMuppet
Sedona, AZ104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
After being dropped off by our driver at the marina we had to negotiate a price for just the two of us to be taken across to Philae. We wanted to be there for 1.5 hours so that was extra time and we agreed upon 250 Egyptian Pounds for our trip. We were among the very first people there just after opening time (7AM) after a delightful private boat trip across the Nile. Philae Temple is very interesting and very easy to walk around. Take your own information about the temple so you know where you are walking. Hordes of people turned up at 8:30AM so good time to leave and our boat driver took us around the island sites to see rock carvings and original submerged buildings that had not been relocated. We thoroughly enjoyed our private trip, there was lovely scenery along the Nile with colorful Nubian guesthouses standing atop the rocks and our boatman was delighted with a tip of 50 Egyptian Pounds.
Written 13 November 2022
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tumbuna
Sydney, Australia337 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The tickets for the temple are bought on the mainland and don't include a boat ride (needed to get to the island). Once you are through the gate you are set upon by boat touts to get you on their boat. Prices are for a boat but if you are single or a couple they wont go until they have got more people. Each couple on our boat was charge the boat price rather than the single price divided between the group. Once on the island the temple itself is interesting - particularly the large gated entrance and the setting on the island.
Written 17 February 2020
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ZhaoXiuMei
Singapore, Singapore5,113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
In 1902, after the Aswan Low Dam was built, the temple was partly submerged in water and traveller had to peered at the Temple from a boat. With the construction of Aswan High Dam (1960-1971), the Temple was relocated to Agilika Island. It was one of the four temples, including Abu Simbel Ramses II temple & temple of Nefertari, to be relocated.
We have to take a boat to island of Agilika. Not too far from the jetty, we approached a courtyard flanked by a row of colonnade, which leads us to the impressive Temple of Philae(also known as Temple of ISIS). The first pylon of the Temple was complete and well preserved. The Temple combines ancient Egyptian and Graecon-Roman architecture.
We sighted god Bes and a baboon playing musical instruments on the pillars of the Temple of Hathor nearby. Next to it is the Trajan's Kiosk, which looks awe-inspiring against the setting sun.
The Mammisi(Birth house) attached to the Temple is also interesting. See if you can find the childhood scenes of Horus in the swamp of river Nile.
Written 9 February 2020
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Benoit
Cairo, Egypt96 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It starts with a short boat trip on the Nasser lake. After few minutes, you discover an island with the temple. The temple itself is quite small but very nicely restored. I was there at 4pm, so before the rush of the sunset tourists (around 4:30/5:00 pm) so I could really enjoy the place. Important to remember the pilot of your boat, because the same one will take you back
Written 20 January 2020
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Mary M
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Total surprise for me. At this point in my trip I started to get tired but had a terrific guide coordinated by ASWAN-INDIVIDUAL tours who brought it to life. This temple was last one of ancient Egyptian construction. The story of how Christianity first spread in Egypt can be seen here. Early Christians converted the old temples into their worship places so you can still see the ancient temple built around 200 BC and also how it was ‘converted’ around 200 AD. Fascinating! I highly recommend a guide to get the full richness of the place. A must see with a short boat ride over to the island.
Written 23 February 2020
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Gail Goldman
Hartsdale, NY1,087 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A complex of ancient Egyptian temple ruins from the 4th century BCE that were located upstream and were moved to preserve them from Lake Nasser flooding. You go there by boat since it is on an island. Go with a guide to hear the history while you focus on the architecture and beautiful wall; reliefs, carvings and drawings.
Written 6 April 2020
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