Philae is an island in the reservoir of the Aswan Low Dam, downstream of the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser, 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. These rapids and the surrounding area have been variously flooded since the initial construction of the Aswan Low Dam in 1902. The temple complex was dismantled and moved to nearby Agilkia Island as part of the UNESCO Nubia Campaign project, protecting this and other complexes before the 1970 completion of the Aswan High Dam. The hieroglyphic reliefs of the temple complex are being studied and published by the Philae Temple Text Project of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna (Institute OREA).
16 May 2019 Steve Snell
Photo by: Steve Snell
16 May 2019 Steve Snell
Photo by: Steve Snell
16 May 2019 Steve Snell
Photo by: Steve Snell
16 May 2019 Rebecca Snell
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16 May 2019 Steve Snell
Photo by: Steve Snell
16 May 2019 Steve Snell
Photo by: Steve Snell
16 May 2019 Steve Snell
Photo by: Steve Snell
Pharaoh Ptolemaios XII smashing his enemies.
16 May 2019 Steve Snell
Photo by: Steve Snell
16 May 2019 Steve Snell
Photo by: Steve Snell
Trajan’s Kiosk is a hypaethral temple (no roof). Trajan was a Roman Emperor best known for having extended the Roman Empire to its largest area. Part of the newly acquired area was Egypt. Rome assimilated into the local culture and created hybrid architecture temples. This was one of them.
16 May 2019 Steve Snell
Photo by: Steve Snell
The God of Laughter Bes.
16 May 2019 Steve Snell
Photo by: Steve Snell
16 May 2019 Steve Snell
Photo by: Steve Snell
Coptic Christian Cross. Upon reflection these crosses shows how ancient temples found new uses in later times. They were refuges for early oppressed Christians as well as wayward explorers and sometimes places for people to market and trade.
16 May 2019 Steve Snell
Photo by: Steve Snell
16 May 2019 Steve Snell
Photo by: Steve Snell
Horus and his mother Isis.
16 May 2019 Steve Snell
Photo by: Steve Snell
Trajan’s Kiosk is a hypaethral temple (no roof). Trajan was a Roman Emperor best known for having extended the Roman Empire to its largest area. Part of the newly acquired area was Egypt. Rome assimilated into the local culture and created hybrid architecture temples. This was one of them.
16 May 2019 Steve Snell
Photo by: Steve Snell