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Built to honour the goddess Isis, this was the last temple built in the classical Egyptian style. Construction began around 690 BC, and it was one of the last outposts where the goddess was worshipped. The cult of Isis continued here until at least AD 550. The boat leaves you near the Kiosk of Nectanebo, the oldest part, and the entrance to the temple is marked by the 18m-high first pylon with reliefs of Ptolemy XII Neos Dionysos smiting enemies.

The Ancient Egyptians built a beautiful and magnificent Temple on this island for the Goddess Isis, but it became submerged after the first Aswan dam was built in 1906, and it was not until the seventies that many nations attempted to save the Temple. All these countries, together with UNESCO, selected a suitable place, but they had to wait until the completion of the High Dam, in 1971, which would stabilize the level of the water.

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Location AswanAswan GovernorateEgypt
Region Nubia
Coordinates 24°1′15″N 32°53′22″ECoordinates24°1′15″N 32°53′22″E
Type Sanctuary
History
Builder Nectanebo I
Founded 380–362 BC
Abandoned 6th century AD
Periods Late Period to Byzantine Empire
 

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Official name Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae
Type Cultural
Criteria i, iii, vi
Designated 1979 (3rd session)
Reference no. 88
Region Arab States

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