Philae temple is renowned for its popular goddess as well as its beautiful location on an island in Lake Nasser. (It was actually relocated during the building of the High Dam). The main temple is dedicated to Isis, goddess of motherhood, magic and fertility. The sanctuaries and shrines, including smaller temples, all celebrate the deities involved in the Isis and Osiris myth. The first temple was built in 370 BC by Nectanebo I. Philae was one of the last outposts of Egyptian religion, surviving two centuries after the Roman Empire converted to Christianity. The sacred island attracted many Greek and Roman pilgrims, who came to pray for healing from the Egyptian goddess. Likewise, many Victorian tourists were attracted to Philae. The Philae temple complex is UNESCO World heritage listed.
This image was taken in 1984 with Canon QF.