Philae is an island on the Nile River, on which, according to legend, Osiris is buried. The temple complex at Philae, along with the temples at Edfu and Dendera, is one of the best-preserved architectural masterpieces of the Ptolemaic era.
Fillet is a small pearl among the treasures of Ancient Egypt, prized for its exquisite beauty. Its sophisticated, light and beautifully decorated buildings have absorbed all the elegance of buildings of the Hellenistic era. At the same time, the preservation of unique ancient Egyptian traditions can be traced in them, which gave rise to an amazingly beautiful stylistic alloy.
Some of the monuments erected on Philae are now located on one of the islands upstream, where these structures had to be moved due to the threat of flooding during the construction of the Aswan Dam. So the excursion to Philae is actually a visit to the island of Agilikia (Agilkia, Ejeliki, Agilkia).
The island of Philae with the Temple of Isis and other religious buildings in ancient times bore an inaccessible epithet. What every tourist can see now was once covered with an aura of mystical mystery. Only priests could live on the holy land of the island of Philae. According to legend, even fish and birds avoided the sacred shores.
More precisely, Philae in Ancient Egypt meant two islands at the first rapids of the Nile. On one of them (the actual island of Philae), temples were built.
Another island, Bige, was considered especially sacred, because it was on it, according to the beliefs of the ancient Egyptians, that Osiris found rest. In order not to disturb the eternal sleep of the great god of a blossoming and fading nature, all human activities were prohibited on Big.
Only on special occasions did the priests come here on boats from Philae. They performed mysterious rituals at the burial place of Osiris on 360 tables with gifts, which symbolized 360 days a year.
After the construction of the Aswan Dam, a threat loomed over the remarkable temple complex. Biguet was almost completely submerged. The construction of the dam threatened flooding and beautiful temples on the island of Philae, and therefore the monuments were moved upstream, to Agilikia. Moreover, interestingly, the topography of Philae was exactly recreated on the new island.
Now tourist brochures, as a rule, this island is called Philae. Here, twice a day, a bright light and music performance is performed and excursions are held for everyone. We can say that now the sacred temples are available for viewing by all curious.