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Review of Philae Island

Philae Island
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Private Tour: Philae Temple the Unfinished Obelisk and High Dam in Aswan
Ranked #2 of 36 things to do in Aswan
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Owner description: The buildings on this island were removed and relocated when the island was submerged upon construction of the High Dam in the 1960s.
Reviewed 9 January 2014

The Island is mainly covered by Philae Temple, but there are lovely views from the Island. There is also the remains of the Coptic Church at the far end of the Island.

Thank Helena C
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

A nice place to visit in Aswan and see how it was moved from one location to another. Be ready to negotiate hard for the boat ride over to the island, as this is not included in your ticket price. It is best if you find someone who speaks Arabic to negotiate for you, perhaps from your hotel.

Thank Karla M
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

If you're like me and prefer not to continually be part of tour groups, and instead prefer venturing out on your own, then I would urge you skip the standard tour that also includes the obelisk and high dam, which I'd visited on a previous trip and wish I hadn't.

However, for getting to the island, I recommend having someone negotiate with the boatmen for you. Having done research on this, I discovered that this can be an unsettling experience as they are well aware that you have no choice but to accept their unreasonable price. I then noticed that for only a fraction more, Aswan Individual (see review) offers a fixed price for doing the negotiating for you, and includes transportation from your hotel and back. Their quote for boat and car transportation is actually for their evening tour to the Sound and Light show, but they were happy to provide this service during the day, and it didn't include a guide as per my request.

When on the island or anywhere else in Egypt without a guide, you're likely to be approached by "helpful" locals. And the information they provide can be unintelligible or even inaccurate. In addition to saying the usual "la, shocran" (no thank you), an effective trick I learnt whilst living in the Middle-East is to show the palm of your hand as if signalling "stop". This isn't considered rude. If they persist, then showing both hands is immediately respected, especially if gestured by a woman.

2  Thank X1_G8
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

I like the boat ride, but the hassling from the vendors did leave me with bad experience. Nontheless, there were harmless and our egyptologist, Mohamed Emam of Memphis Tours had already pre-empted us on how to handle them.

1  Thank ndz262
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

The small motor boat ride to the island was really interesting. Such a beautiful part of the Nile.

Apparently the Sound and lIght show on Philae is supposed to be the best but I didnt get to this particular one - but I notice favourable reviews from other trip advisor posts and when things settle back down in my lovely Egypt again - this a definite must see again on my books - but this time include the sound and light show.

The Philae Temple Complex (Philae is Greek for Pilak in Ancient Egyptian which means "the end") Quite a lovely and interesting place and to think it was nearly lost underwater when they Built the high Aswan Dam. Luckily it was able to be moved - stone by stone and reasembled on higher ground (Agilka Island)

One of the more important Temples on this island is the Temple of Isis who was the wife of Osiris and mother to Horus. You will see these names throughout your visit to the various sites around Egypt as they were very important to the ancient Egyptian culture. It’s quite a gruesome story revolving around those three. This story is everywhere on the walls of the temple.

Below short version of the story of Isis, Osiris and Horus (and Seth gets in the picture) if you are interested in reading further:

Apparently Seth was jealous of his brother Osiris so Seth murdered and dismembered Seth. Isis spent a long time searching for his body fragments and collects them all. With her magical powers she brings Osiris back to life and then this is when they manage to conceive their son Horus. What happens then is that Osiris becomes god of the underworld and is the one who passes judgment on the dead who apparently have to answer to him for what they have done on earth. So in the meantime Horus who Isis has now given birth to - grows up and then avenges what Seth did to his father by killing him in battle. This is the short version - like all great tales of love and loss and revenge and happy endings - its quite an epic.

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