Monuments of various eras, extending from the Pharaohs to the Caesars, occupy nearly the whole area of Philae. The principal structures, however, lie at the south end of the smaller island. The most ancient were the remains of a temple for Isis built in the reign of Nectanebo I during 380-362 BC, was approached from the river through a double colonnade. For the most part, the other ruins date from the Ptolemaic times, more especially with the reigns of Ptolemy Philadelphus, Ptolemy Epiphanes, and Ptolemy Philometor (282-145 BC), with many traces of Roman work in Philae dedicated to Ammon-Osiris.
The island is reached by boat and visitors can wander around and admire the temples inside and out. No visit to Egypt is complete without visting this amazing site.
This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme
the Watery Wednesday meme
and the Outdoor Wednesday meme.
|A constant stream of boats brings tourists to Philae
|A boat approaching the island
|Approaching the temple by boat
|Temple of Isis courtyard
|Temple of Isis Exterior
|Bas relief inside the temple with Isis in the centre (the horned moon on her headdress)
|Trajan's Kiosk of Philae