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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  • Helenjen
    Brisbane, Australia849 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The ambiance of this island-based temple complex is lovely!
    We visited this temple towards the end of our 2 week+ Egyptian adventure and we were “templed” out by this time, however….it ended up being one of our favourites! Part in due to its beautiful location, surrounded by water and partly because of our wonderful guide Ahmed from Reflections Travel. His enthusiasm, knowledge and friendly manner made for a very interesting few hours wandering around, the unfinished obelisk, the high dam (who knew a dam could be this interesting?!) and finally this island-based complex in the reservoir of the Aswan Low Dam. The excitement of the boat trip across to the island had dwindled by this stage, as we were staying @ Movenpick Resort on Elephantine Island and made the trek backwards and forwards on their ferry too many times to count…..particularly because you can’t go to the rest of Elephantine Island, to the interesting Nubian villages without crossing back over the Nile and getting another ferry across!! Whilst Philae doesn’t have the amazing colour of our favourite temple @ Dendera, the Kiosk of Trajan aka Pharoah’s Bed, is definitely worth visiting when in Aswan.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 17 April 2023
  • Liz Riley
    13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive by day and night.
    Philae is impressive, especially when you hear how the temple was removed from its’ original island and moved to a new one, brick by brick, to protect it from flooding before the construction of the High Dam at Aswan. Also, it’s worth going to the Sound and Light show at Philae, which really brings it alive. Be warned though…the sellers of tourist tat are quite insistent here - two even got onto our boat!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 April 2023
  • laczkozsu
    Debrecen, Hungary1,683 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Romantic temple on the island
    The island of Philae submerged in water after 1902, so the temple complex relocated to the Island of Agilika. We visited it by a small boat, it was exciting and adventurous. Temple of Hathor and Isis were built in Ptolemaic times. We walked around and saw the magnificent decorations, the story of Isis and Horus, etc. The view is also fantastic. I think it’s a must-see site.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 May 2023
  • PETER L
    Pattaya, Thailand113 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing temple, with boat ride on the Nile.
    The Philae Temple is an amzing sight. Especially with its location on an island in the Nile River. Just going on the boat from the mainland to the temple was an experience. Dates back to 280 BC. Still has so many inscription clearly on show , even today. Very well preserved and spectacular to visit. A lot of people go there, but still plenty of room to explore.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 14 May 2023
  • rafaelrabello
    Campinas, SP161 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice, but you can easilly skip if you have short time
    From all the attractions in Aswan, this is by far the better (excluding Abu Simbel). If you have short time in your trip, you can easilly skip Aswan and fly directly to Abu Simbel if your budget allows. The Temple itself is pretty interesting, very well decorated walls and a nice architecture, but not as interesting as Abu Simbel, or other temples in Luxor. You need to get a boat to arrive there and the boatman will ask you a lot of money, they are very irritating people. Do not pay more than 7EUR for that, and just pay after being back from the island.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 June 2023
  • herculesmom
    144 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, Canada242 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, Canada1,749 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 Kingdom226 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 Kingdom83 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
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čučoriedka
Greater London, UK37 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Friends
I was not keen on going to this temple after reading many negative reviews, but we did.
As we arrived we were greeted with angry sellers fighting among each other, verbally. Prices on board stated 150 egp and panorama temple view for 200 egp. Ordered two regular tickets while guys were grinning at us and making jokes. They asked us to put the pin in pdq machine before they actually showed us the total charge. My partner asked them to go back to see the total price.It came to 900 not to mention the boat ride was excluded. How sneaky!
I don’t mind paying extra as a tourist but I would appreciate transparency. If the prices has changed take that stupid marker pen and change it on board. I refused to pay it out of principles !
Written 13 April 2024
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Helen V
Norfolk, UK46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Loves it!!
Just middling to see this structure up close.
I am a bit of a weird one as I found myself disappointed that the temple had been removed from its original location and brought to Aswan. I know this was to save it from being swallowed by the Nile but there is something in me that wishes it could’ve been in its original setting.
It’s got to be one to see.
Grab an Icecream after and sit by the water to marvel at it.
Ferry crossing was enjoyable in a Felluca.
Don’t pay more than 500ep!! They may say if you stay any longer than an hour it is double!! No, it is not! Stick to 500 max and only pay on return.
Tickets by card only!
Written 6 April 2024
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Marta C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
We’ve had a good time with Mohamed hanafy our tourist guide the explanations were very detail, we enjoyed the visit. We recomend it so much.
Written 5 April 2024
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia871 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
On the island of Agilkia, between the Low and High Dams in Aswan, there are a number of temples that were moved from the island of Philae after the flooding of Lake Nasser by the Low Dam. They had been submerged for almost 80 years and you can see the mud lines on the walls and much of the colour is gone. These temples date from the Graeco-Roman period. You reach the Philae temples by the little motor boats that depart and return to the Philae Temple Marina in Aswan. We were on a private guided tour and the car to the marina and the boat were all organized for us as part of the tour.

The largest temple is dedicated to Isis with two pylons forming the entranceway. There are very intricate carvings celebrating the story of Isis, Osiris and Horus that cover the walls of the chambers. Unfortunately many of the reliefs have had the gods' faces defaced by later Christians who used the temple as a church but some remain untouched. Out front is a birth house dedicated to Horus. The Kiosk of Nectanebo and Temple of Hathor are decorated with depictions of the cow goddess Hathor. Many columns are still standing with decorative tops and there is also a Nileometer, Trajan's kiosk and the remains of the Roman gate and dock. There is quite a lot to see with signs in English and Arabic giving brief summaries of the buildings.
Written 31 March 2024
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Peter M
Ailsa Craig, Canada3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
‪If this is one of the first ancient Egyptian temples you ever visit then it is worth it. If you have already visited Dendara for example it is not worth it then because of it is in Aswan outskirts and not really impressive after it‬
Written 26 March 2024
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paulina h
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We have an amazing tour with oyr guide Shimaa, she explained the story of the temples and we got a great visit and photos in the place. The hour of visit was perfect too
Written 26 March 2024
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simon s
Norwich, UK1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The view from the boat was fantastic. When the boat arrived at the island to dock. The men on the dock said the temple was closed.
We were really disappointed after paying for a crossing.
On our return the ticket office was closed. And we inquired about a refund. Apparently a no refund policy.
And not even a suggestion that we could use our tickets the next day. If we come back tomorrow our tickets would not be valid. And we would have to pay full price.

The temple looked amazing, and we are very disappointed.
Written 24 March 2024
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PeterBarras
Menai, Australia700 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Great temple, well worth the visit.

It was our first temple and was very interesting with a rich history and story.

A few hours should do it
Written 21 March 2024
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cdandoy
Gilbert, AZ923 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Amazing! Took a motorboat over to the island. Had a great time walking through and learning from our guide. Very nice and a small cafe if you want to eat. Absolutely loved it!
Written 13 March 2024
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Something Tookish
Cheyenne, WY3,114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
When you learn these structures were moved to this location to save them from the water, it blows the mind. It was well worth the money and effort to save these amazing structures.
Written 7 March 2024
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