The original temple complex on Philae island was dedicated to the Goddess Isis, companion of Osiris. The island was a sacred centre for the cult of Isis and for millennia attracted pilgrims from all over the known world.
With the creation of the new Aswan High Dam in the 1960s, the island and its temple complex were at threat from flooding and UNESCO started a project to save the temple from the rising water levels. The whole site was relocated to Aglika Island (renamed Philae island), situated on higher ground some 500meters away from its original location. The temple was dismantled into 40,000 units, transported to the nearby site, re-assembled and landscaped to match the original site of the temple.
Although the new location was landscaped to replicate the original site with new backdrops of volcanic prominence and placed on deep blue waters, it no longer faces Biga Island (sacred to Osiris) from where the temple’s sanctity was derived. No other cult in Egypt endured as long or spread as far as that of the Great Mother of All Gods and Natures, goddess of ten thousand names, purity and women (Isis).