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Agilkia Island Archaeological Site (Philae Island)

Agilkia Island

Temples on Philae Island Archaeological Site were built over the course of six centuries, from the 3rd century BC the 3rd century AD. Construction of the Aswan High Dam in the 70's threatened many archeological sites. Philae Island was no exception to that. The island was partially submerged, so in the years 1972-1980 monuments were moved to the island Agilkia. This is why occasionally it is referred as site on Philae Island or Agilkia Island. It is the same destination.




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Description of Agilkia Island Archaeological Site

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The central stage of Agilkia Island is taken by a religious complex of the great temple of Isis from the late period of the Ptolemies. The cult of this Egyptian goddess spread all through the basin of the Mediterranean, including Roman Empire. Many people came here to pay tribute to the goddess and her priests in hopes of good crops and multiple children. Just to the West of the temple the Gate of Handrian stands. One of the last Egyptian hieroglyphs were added to it in 394. Trajan gazebo surrounded by 14 papyris like columns also depict Roman emperor burning incense before god Osiris and his wife Isis. Another Temple of Hathor stands near by with colorful reliefs of Besa, god of song, with numerous musicians surrounding him.







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