Philae Temple or the Temple of Isis, once ranked among the great tourist attractions in Egypt. It was a gem ornate and small on its own island on the Nile, the main part of Philae Temple Aswan is dedicated to Goddess Isis, the mother of Horus and the symbol of affection, the setting greatly contributed to its charm, but when the Nile begins rising early in this century when the first dam was constructed, the island became submerged for much of the year, A rescue mission moved all the stones to an island nearby, blasted into the shape of the original site.

Located just downstream from the high dam, it can be reached by hired boat. You step into the island near a small portico built by a pharaoh from the last Egyptian dynasty, the oldest building on the island, the columns have Hathor head capitals ahead, two long rows of columns from a walkway to the Temple of Isis, Philae temple begins with usual pylons, here decorated with the figures of Isis and Horus her son, with a pharaoh beside them, two lions, not fierce at all guard the gate, the courtyard contains a Mammisi, (birth house) on the left side with more Hathor columns, The second set Of pylons leads to a small hypostyle hall followed by a sanctuary (some nice reliefs )behind which stairs lead to the roof.

Left of the hypostyle hall is the Emperor Hadrians gateway, inside, on the left, A relief depicts the source of the Nile in a fantastic interpretation where the god of the river strangled by a serpent, still pours water out of two vessels. Above on a rock sit a vulture and falcon, the birds, of course, represent the pharaoh who in turn stood for all of Egypt, they sit on a rock above the source because the Egyptians believed that their river begins at a spring.

On the edge of the islands, past Romans Ruins is a Nilometer .on another end of the island is a temple of Hathor with pretty scenes and at the islands, edge stands a jewel of building by the emperor Trajan, long submersion has been hard on these buildings, robbing them of much of their delicacy, but the harmony of this collection of title buildings is unsurpassed in Egypt, if not in the world.