The Temple Isle
The ancient island of Philae was a sacred center for the cult of Isis and the location of a great temple complex now known as Philea Temple. For millennia, Philea Island attracted pilgrims from all over the known world and continued to be a pagan center of worship after the arrival and spread of Christianity.
Philea Island was flooded and eventually became fully submerged after the creation of the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser. The flooding prompted the UNESCO initiative to preserve the magnificent Temple of Philea. It was dismantled and relocated to Agilkia Island, which was renamed Philea Island. Take a felucca cruise to sail to Philea Island and see the magnificent Ancient Egyptian ruins.