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Philae in Greek or Pilak in ancient Egyptian, meaning ‘the end,’ defined the southern most limit of Egypt. The Temple of Philae was dedicated to the goddess Isis, the wife of Osiris and mother of Horus. What is now known as Philae, is the main temple complex relocated from the original island, after the High Dam was built, to the island of Agilika. The original island is now completely submerged under the waters of Lake Nasser. A spectacular rescue operation of the great temples and monuments of Philae was closely observed by the whole world.

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