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The temple of Isis

The Temple of Isis also known a Philae Temple was built during the second century B.C by Ptolemy II and completed by the Roman Emperors.

The temple was raised and entirely dedicated to the goddess Isis - mother of Horus and wife of Osiris. She was the most important deity in the ancient Egypt: she was known as 'queen of the gods' associated with the protection of kings, life giving and healing.

 

There is a famous story about her; when god Osiris was murdered by his brother Seth, Isis searched for his dismembered body, found it and with her magic power, she brought him back to life. Then she gave birth to the god Horus.

The original location of the temple was at Philae. Unfortunately the continuous flooding posed a great risk of damage to the temple. Therefore, a UNESCO project relocated the whole temple to the Agilka Island, a place situated higher up, away from the destructive waters of the River Nile.