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Philae Temple of Isis

Agilika, Egypt

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Philae was the place where Isis found the heart of Osiris and that she, after having collected his shattered body, buried him on the Island of Bigeh, just across the narrow stretch of water to the west. It was probably a temple site since the 4th century B.C. It was not officially closed until AD 550 by Justinianus

"Philae" is plural because the temple was originally located on two small islands.

In 1960 UNESCO started a project in order to try and save the buildings on the island from the destructive effect of the ever increasing waters of the Nile. It was dismantled and reassembled on Agilika Island about 550 meters from its original home on Philae Island in the wake of the High Dam.

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