The temple of Isis at Philae, Egypt

The temple of Isis at Philae is one of the most beautiful and best preserved Greco-Roman temples in Egypt. Most of the temple was built by the Ptolemaic rulers as part of their promotion of the cult of Isis, which lasted well into the Roman Period. In the 1970’s the temple was relocated to preserve it from the rising waters resulting from the construction of the Aswan High Dam.My motorboat approaches the Philae Island. I got on shore of the Philae Island and explore the island.

The temple of Isis at Philae from the ferry.

The temple of Isis at Philae from the ferry.

Pylon of Isis Temple

Pylon of Isis Temple; the reliefs are really great.

Egyptian Mythical Reliefs on the Pylon

Egyptian Mythical Reliefs on the Pylon

Goddess Isis was worshipped as the ideal mother and wife as well as the patroness of nature and magic. She was the friend of slaves, sinners, artisans, and the downtrodden, and she listened to the prayers of the wealthy, maidens, aristocrats, and rulers.

Isis depicted with outstretched wings (wall painting)

Isis depicted with outstretched wings (wall painting)

Relief of a Ptolemaic king at the Temple of Philae

Relief of a Ptolemaic king at the Temple of Philae

Isis is often depicted as the mother of Horus, the hawk-headed god of war and protection. Isis is also known as protector of the dead and goddess of children.

Trajan's Kiosk (Trajanus’ Arbor)

Trajan’s Kiosk (Trajanus’ Arbor)

Trajan’s Kiosk was constructed by the Roman Emperor, Trajan.

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