Egyption History & Travel - 2010

UNESCO coordinated a rescue plan for the area. A new island was built high than the new Nile shoreline after the completion of the High Aswan Dam. Then the temples and other structures were dismantled piece by piece, numbered and reassembled on the new island, which had been made in the shape of the former one. This process took 7 years and the site was reopened in 1980. The reconstruction is magnificent and the site awesome. All constructs but one small ruined temple date from the Ptolemaic Dynasties, though there are some later Roman structures as well.

The largest temple is dedicated to Isis and is built in the traditional style of the New Kingdom. The two pylons guarding the entrance are deeply carved with pictures portraying the goddess herself as well as others including Hathor and some minor figures associated with midwifery. There are temples devoted to Osiris with carvings depicting his birth, death and resurrection. Philae has been associated with Osiris as one of the burial places for his separated body parts. There is a temple depicting the divine birth of Horus, the Falcon-Headed god as well. Roman ruins include one called Trajan's Kiosk which appears to be a ceremonial arch. There are evidences of the use of the Temple of Isis by early Christians who defaced some of the carvings and added paintings of their own.


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