Tour To Philae Temple, High Dam And The Unfinished Obelisk

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Enjoy a fabulous tour to Philae Temple, High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan. Discover in a half-day tour the highlights of the beautiful City of Aswan, the great engineering feat of the High Dam, the stunning Temple of Philae, and the granite quarry of the Unfinished Obelisk with your professional tour guide.

Price Includes

  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Entrance fees of all sites of the tour
  • Licensed Egyptologist tour guide
  • All service charges and local taxes

Price Excludes

  • Gratuities
  • Drinks and meals
  • Travel insurance

Price Per Person

  • 01 person:           105   USD
  • 02 people:           70   USD
  • 03-07 people:     60   USD
  • 08-16 people:      45    USD
Children Policy

Children from 0 – 5 years are free of charge

Children from 6 – 11 years get 50% off

Children from 12 years are considered adults

Itinerary

Tour To Philae Temple, High Dam And The Unfinished Obelisk

You will meet your guide at your hotel reception to commence your tour to Philae Temple, High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk.

Aswan High Dam:

Your first stop of your tour to Philae Temple in Aswan is at Aswan High DamThe Nile is the root of Egypt’s culture and life. Ancient Egyptians have tried to monitor the Nile and its floods from Ancient Egypt till the present day. They built a small dam of mud-brick near Cairo, which stood for several years.

During the British Colony of Egypt, another dam (Aswan Dam) was built. Aswan old dam wasn’t enough for the high floods. So the High Dam was built. Construction of this dam began in the early 1960s and ended in 1971. The dam is one of the great engineering feats of the world in the 1960s.

Philae Temple:
Your second stop of your tour to Philae Temple is at the stunning Philae Temple. During the Greco-Roman period the magnificent Temple of Philae, the Pearl of Egypt was built. Philae is derived from Pilak, the island’s Coptic name which means the isolated spot. The temple was dedicated to Isis, Goddess of Love and Magic of ancient Egypt.
 
In the 1970s, the temple was dismantled into 40,000 parts due to the impact of the waters of Aswan Dam and High Dam. It was moved to its current site, the Island of Agalika. Philae was converted into four churches during the Coptic period therefore, damage can be seen on the reliefs as well as lots of graffiti left by travelers to the island.
 
Unfinished Obelisk:
 
You will end your tour to Philae Temple at the Unfinished Obelisk. The Ancient Egyptians were hard laborers, they built obelisks, statues of gods and pharaohs, sarcophagi, coffins, and door jambs in this granite quarry for their kings and pharaohs. These were then moved to their final destination using the Nile. The quarry is called the Unfinished Obelisk because there is an unfinished obelisk left at the site by the Ancient Egyptian workers.
 
The Unfinished Obelisk is the largest piece of granite sculptured in Ancient Egypt. It is 43 meters high and weighs 1200 tonnes. The obelisk owner is unknown because it is not finished and there is no name left on it but many scholars suggest it was for Hatshepsut or Tuthmosis III.
Transfer back to your hotel. 
 
This tour to Philae Temple, High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk promises to immerse you in the rich history, culture, and architectural marvels of ancient Egypt. It will leave you with a profound appreciation for the remarkable civilization that once thrived in Aswan. Get ready to embark on a journey of discovery and awe as you witness the timeless beauty and grandeur of these extraordinary sites.
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