Egypt — Aswan (Philae Temple)

Philae Temple was dismantled and reassembled on Agilika Island, about 550 meters from its original home on Philae Island. The temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, is now in a setting that has been landscaped to match its original location. While not as extensive or impressive as Karnak, it is amazing to think that forty years ago this site was under water for half of the year after the completion of the High Dam. In an engineering feat to rival the ancients, the original island was surrounded with a dam and the inside pumped dry. Then every stone block of the temple complex was labelled and removed later to be assembled, like a giant jigsaw puzzle, on the higher ground of Agilka Island. The whole project took ten years.

Photos taken December 2010 (Fuji FinePix S9000).

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