The isle of Philae, known as the ‘Pearl of the Nile’, was a beautiful, soulful place – a place of reverence. The ancient Egyptians believed Philae was right by the burial place of the god Osiris and they built a temple there to honour his wife, Isis. For thousands of years pilgrims made the journey to worship Isis there, and to this day visitors from all over the world come to travel back in time, walking among stones of the iconic temples first laid 2,000 years ago.
In this little book, I hope to show you what makes Philae so special. I’ll take you on a tour of the island and explain how the Temple of Isis was rescued from the watery depths through a painstaking recovery project. I’ll explore the cult of Isis and her temple on the island. And I’ll share a few excerpts of my novel Song of the Nile, in which the hero and heroine visit Philae together.
I hope this book can give you a feel for Philae, as it is today and as it was in ancient times. Perhaps someday you’ll be inspired to visit this amazing place for yourself.