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The Temple of Isis - Philae
The temple of Isis is one of the most beautiful temples in southern Egypt .. Egyptologists believe that Philae was the last active site of the native Egyptian religion, the last Egyptian hieroglyph was written there in the late 4th century AD. it underwent a massive UNSECO relocation project in the 60s to save it from the increasing water levels of the Nile.

This is a really awesome 360 view of the Temple of Isis and allows the viewer access to the temple on your computer. You can now wander the halls and the courtyard where Egyptians, and now tourists, once walked.

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I’m back from Egypt. It was amazing, it always is. :)

We’re going back this September. And you can come with us! :)

September 11. 2016- arrival
September 12-15 - Awakening the illuminated Heart workshop
(September 15 arrival, if you are not joining the workshop)
September 16-24 - Sacred journey through Egypt
September 25 - going home 

For more information send an email to info@awakening-heart.org

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Philae

The island of Philae was originally a nearly-permanent island within the Nile River in Egypt. In long, meandering rivers, islands occasionally form inside the rive from carried by the waters. These islands are long-lived but not truly permanent; the waters will split around them during normal flow, but during occasional hundred or thousand year floods the waters could cover an island and can erode or even destroy it.

This was the origin of the island Philae. It sat in the middle of the Nile River, surrounded by its waters on both sides. The island became the home of one of the Egyptian civilization’s most amazing temples, the Temple of Isis. 

In the 1960s, the Aswan High Dam was built on the Nile River, creating Lake Nasser and providing energy and stable water flow to the nation of Egypt. The creation of this lake flooded much of the island of Philae. Some of the remnants of the temple were moved to higher ground before the construction of the dam. These photos reflect how it appears today, with some portion of the island flooded but some parts still in tact.

The island of Philae recently gave its name to the spacecraft built by the European Space Agency that dropped onto the surface of a comet from the Rosetta Spacecraft. The craft was named after the Rosetta stone that originally allowed translation between the ancient Egyptian Language and Greek. The island of Philae hosted an additional obelisk with the same setup –hosting Egyptian hieroglyphs and a translation into Greek.

The Rosetta spacecraft was named in the hopes that its data would allow humanity to translate some of the history of Earth as comets may have been part of the solar system soup combined together to form the planet we see today. 

The Philae spacecraft was named in 2004, when it was launched, by a 15-year-old Italian Student named Serena Olga Vismara. Today, she is in graduate school, about to finish a Masters Degree in space engineering.

-JBB

Image credits:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/travlr/3020366735
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rietje/3663566528

Read more:
http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2014/10/21/naming-philae-an-interview-with-2004-contest-winner-serena-olga-vismara/
http://www.sacred-destinations.com/egypt/philae