Philae

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Philae

(fī`lē), former island, SE Egypt, NE Africa, in the Nile River N of the Aswan High Dam. Of its temples, all dating from late Egyptian and classical times (600 B.C.–A.D. 600), the most famous was the temple to Isis, built by the early Ptolemies and not closed to pagan worship until the reign of Justinian. The island is now covered by the waters of Lake NasserNasser, Lake,
c.1,550 sq mi (4,010 sq km), on the Nile River, SE Egypt and N Sudan, known as Lake Nubia in Sudan. Created in the 1960s, it extends c.350 mi (560 km) behind Aswan High Dam, submerging the more southern second and third cataracts. Lake Nasser averages c.
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. An international fund (organized 1960) aided the removal of most of the monuments before the island was submerged.

Philae

an island in Upper Egypt, in the Nile north of the Aswan Dam: of religious importance in ancient times; almost submerged since the raising of the level of the dam