As the wife and resurrector of Osiris and the mother of Horus, Isis was arguably one of the most important figures in the ancient Egyptian world. Considered a protector of kings, healer, giver of life and the ‘Mother of God,’ she is also associated with funerary rites. In fact, Isis had a major group of worshipers known as the Cult of Isis, and Philae was the center of the religion until the site was closed in 550 AD as early Christians took over the complex.
However, ancient Egyptians recognized the Temple of Philae as a powerful site of healing energy for those who chose to receive the blessings of the Goddess at the stunning inner sanctum at the Temple of Isis. Those who embark on a sacred pilgrimage here should come prepared not only to see some of Egypt’s most beautiful temples, but they should also be ready to receive the blessings of Isis and become more conscious of the deeper meaning of life, death, and resurrection.
The Unique History of Philae Temple
Situated upon Aglika Island, this massive sacred site was constructed at various times within the Pharaonic Era and throughout the Greek, Roman and Byzantine periods. Each ruler at the time included massive reliefs, statues and pylons representative of their reign and experiences. Most of the ruins hail from the Ptolemaic Kingdom, and there are numerous traces of Roman architectural features dedicated to Ammon-Osirus.
Beyond the entrance lies a court area featuring small temples dedicated to Hathor, Isis and other deities associated with bringing life and midwifery. As you enter the site a various pylon structures there are highlights such as two colossal granite lions, 40-plus foot tall obelisks and monolithic shrines in various god-like forms. In the Mammisi birth house sacred space, view sculptures representing Ptolemy Philometor’s birth with Horus overseeing the act.
The Temple of Isis was constructed between 380-362 BC during the reign of Nectanebo I, and is, of course, is a highlight at Philae. Near and within the temple, visitors can see the incredible Hadrian’s Gate, the Gate of Ptolemy II, Mammisi and the stunning west and east colonnades. However, a modern aspect of this World Heritage Site is the fact that it was painstakingly moved from its original location to Agilkia Island in the 1960s to protect it from flooding due to two much-needed river dam’s being constructed. The sites of Philae Temple were taken piece by piece to the island and expertly reconstructed in a ten year UNESCO project.
Discover the Magic and Mystique of Philae
Besides the magical feeling in the air at this sacred site, there are opportunities for other enjoyments there such as a sunset Sound and Light Shows at the Temple of Philae—plus the water taxi ride to the island makes for a picturesque approach. If you are ready to enjoy a unique, once-in-a-lifetime sacred pilgrimage in Egypt to discover your true higher self and potential, contact us today or view our online itineraries and private tour listings.
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