Sound and Light Show at Philae Temple
Duration: Half Day
Enjoy a memorable evening of music and mythology during your holiday in Egypt, set amidst the dramatic backdrop of the Temple of Philae. This magical sound and light show will take you back in time on an exciting narrated journey, bringing the history of the temple alive whilst revealing the ancient Egyptian legends surrounding the god Osiris and his beloved wife Isis.
Situated on the small island of Agilika on the River Nile near Aswan, the beautiful Temple of Philae is dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis. The complex was rescued and reassembled stone by stone to higher grounds during the 1960s, to prevent it being submerged under water during the construction of the Aswan High Dam.
For travellers, the approach to the Philae Temple by boat is unforgettable. Rising majestically from the river, with the purple mountains in the distance, the complex is an impressive monument during the day; whilst at night it comes alive with a beautiful sound and light show, similar to that at the Karnak Temple and Pyramids of Giza. As darkness descends, the magnificent columns, statues, pylons, buildings and reliefs on the island are dramatically floodlit by different coloured spotlights and lasers. Silhouetted against the volcanic rocks, lush palms and surrounding waters of the River Nile, the effect is breathtaking.
As you make your way through the temples and gardens, a booming narrator’s voice will relay the fascinating history of the complex, whilst multimedia and light presentations vividly enhance the majesty of this ancient site. Listen carefully as legends surrounding the ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses unravel before you, accompanied by haunting music in the background. Celebrated as a powerful and magical healer and Goddess of motherhood and fertility, Isis and her husband God Osiris come to life in front of your very eyes to reveal their intriguing life stories.
The ancient Egyptian mythology connected to Philae reveals many powerful legends, but one of the most important tells the story of how Isis found and pieced together King Osiris’s body parts after he was murdered by his wicked brother God Seth, who scattered him throughout the land of Egypt. She used her powers to resurrect him through the Ritual of Life, after which Osiris became God of the Dead and Afterlife. Not to be missed, Philae Temple is one of the highlights of any visit to Aswan.
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