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Temple of Isis

Listed under Archaeological Sites in Aswan, Egypt.

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This archaeological site contains the iconic temple to the goddess Isis, once the last existing pagan temple in the Mediterranean. The area was almost lost forever to flood waters until it was removed from its original spot in 1960 to protect it from the Nile’s watery destruction. It took nearly 300 years to complete the temple under the Greek Ptolemaic dynasty and was shut down by the emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD.

The temple’s defining features are its two decorative pylons, each 18 m tall and 45 m wide, which feature intricate carvings detailing Egyptian history and mythology. They impressively tower over the rest of the temple and its visitors. The sanctuary, the inner most building in the temple, is said to be the home of Isis and the source of the waters of life.

Written by  Jordan-Ashley Baker.

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