Snapshot – Island Temple of Isis

Are we all ready for another week of A-Z challenge posts? I admit, I’m not … I haven’t started working on this weeks posts as yet (I know, how slack am I?). So … head down and time to write. First post of the challenge week and I’m switching continents and countries again. How’s Egypt sound to everybody?

I went to Egypt back in 1996 as part of a rather large overseas trip. I had graduated from High School in 1995 and was in my first year of a double degree at The University of Sydney and I felt I was in need of a well deserved trip for working so hard. Nothing like patting yourself on the back huh? The holiday started in Egypt, then off to the UK and all over western Europe, before finishing up in Hong Kong. I believe it was about 6 weeks in duration.

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The wonderfully preserved engravings

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My trip to Egypt started in Cairo where after a few days, I hopped on a cruise down the Nile River. Honestly, it was a fantastic way to see Egypt! One of my favourite stops on the trip was at the Temple of Isis on the island of Philae. For those who may not be aware, Isis was a goddess worshiped in ancient Egypt. She was a rather senior figure, married to her brother, Osiris, who was the god of the afterlife and resurrection. I’ve always been unclear on exactly what Isis is goddess of because she seems to cover a lot of ground – she was the ideal image of motherhood, protector of orphans, the poor and downtrodden, nature herself … the list goes on. She was also sometimes depicted with outstretched wings as a protector from evil. A very busy goddess indeed.

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The lotus flower 

The Temple of Isis on Philae was built around 380-362BC (my memory isn’t what it used to be so I confess that date is thanks to google). The interesting thing though is that it wasn’t originally built on the island it currently stands on. When the Aswan Dam was built in the 1960’s the temple was at risk of damage and eventual destruction from the river waters, so UNESCO opted to move the ancient site to a new island location. This isn’t the only project which entailed moving a whole structure to safeguard it for future generations. They did the same thing at Abu Simbel but more of that in a future post. At any rate, I for one am so glad they saved this magnificent temple! It’s a beautiful, almost delicate or feminine, series of temples and statues.The engravings in the buildings are as clear as ever and on a lovely sunny day the reflection of this temple in the river waters in stunning. I know a lot of people think of the pyramids when they think of Egypt … not me. The pyramids, large though they are, pale in comparison to the beautiful architecture of the many temple sites along the Nile.

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This post is part of my contribution to the A- Z Challenge for April 2016

Click here for a list and links to my other challenge posts!

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34 thoughts on “Snapshot – Island Temple of Isis”

  1. The engravings of the temple are absolutely exquisite Kim, what a stunning set of photos. I must admit Egypt is one place I’d love to visit one day. It looks fascinating. Wonderful post.

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    1. Thank you, Miriam. It’s hard not to be fascinated by a country with such a wealth of history. Let alone such magnificent structures as this. I always say to people that if they plan to visit Egypt, they should see Jordan at the same time as it is just as incredible.

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  2. I enjoyed this. I have a unique connection with Egypt. My parents were planning to travel to Egypt. My mom found out she was pregnant with me and they had to cancel their trip. I hope they return one day. It’s beautiful.

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      1. Oh, yes that is right, they are from way back. 🙂 I think I do have some great old photos from those days too…. but those photos are not in the computer, they are in boxes/albums. I guess I could go somewhere to get them scanned onto a USB/ disc or whatever… but it seems like such a hassle. Oh well, maybe some day. 🙂 Yes. your photos were perfect as an end to a tiring day at the office! Thanks you!

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      2. Back in the “old days” 😄 These were in albums too. I had to sit here there scanning each one, cropping and retouching to get rid of marks and blemishes. It’s definitely a lot of work!! On the plus side, I guess I have it saved in both digital and hardcopy now lol 😄

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      3. Oh, I should find one of those places that can do that sort of thing for you. I do not have a scanner at home… 🙂 Yes I can imagine the work with those old photos! But it is good, then you get to keep them looking “new” for a lot longer! 🙂

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    1. Wow, thank you! That’s a huge compliment, Lillian. These photos were taken so long ago, well before digital cameras 🙂 It’s always amazing to see places like this with so much history and thankfully these buildings are well preserved!

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    1. It was something else, Lyn. How this ancient civilisations built these magnificent structures is quite beyond me! I wonder if we’d have the skills today if our modern tools were taken away?
      (You may get a flurry of responses from me here … I was just playing around, checking all the options for setting up my blog properly and for some reasons there’s a bunch of comments sitting in my “spam” folder … all from people that I regularly have conversations with! I have no idea why! :/ … )

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