We coughed up some cash to do probably one of the most touristy things in Aswan, Egypt- to see the Philae Temple at night. Although the laser show was cheesy, the temple was breathtaking. And to think it should be underwater. The building of the high dam flooded a good portion of lower Egypt to create Lake Nasser. Several ruins and archaeological sites in Lower Egypt were moved literally piece by piece by UNESCO teams to save them from the fate of Atlantis. The Island of Philae and Temple of Isis are just one of the nearly forty sites relocated throughout Egypt. Although it had partially been underwater during high water since the first Aswan dam was built in the early 20th Century, the temple complex is still in amazing condition.
We took this picture of the “holy of holies” in the main Temple of Isis after the rest of the tour had left.