THE TEMPLE OF PHILAE


Founded between 380–362 BC, Philae is a magnificent monument built under the reign of Nectanebo I (founder of the last native dynasty of Ancient Egypt). Said to be the burial place of Osiris, the Temple was held in high regard by both the Egyptians and the Nubians.

When the hieroglyphs on the Philae Obelisk were compared with those on the Rosetta Stone, it shed light on the deciphering of the Egyptian Alphabet, which up until that point had been very difficult to understand.

One splendid factor of the Temple is that many Pharaohs and monarchs added to its grandeur. From Nectanebo to Caesar over a long period of time. You can see all these depictions and reliefs on the walls of the temple. Kings were eager to carve their names deep into the eternal stone.

Philae remained relevant right up until around the 6th Century A.D when it was abandoned. Egyptologists theorise that Philae was probably the last ritual site where Ancient Egyptian religion was performed and that the last hieroglyphs were carved there sometime in the 4th Century A.D.

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