Philae Temple


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May 23rd 2012
Published: May 23rd 2012
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Morning!

Yesterday we travelled on a felucca to Philae Temple which is an island which has three temples on it. One roman, greek and egyptian. Its amazing to see how big they are and the detail of the carvings is awesome. Even after thousands of years u can still c the quality of the craftsmanship. The whole site actually needed to be moved piece by piece from its original location due to the danger of flooding from the nile. The whole process took 8 years. The heads of the egyptian kings had been ruined by the french or british i think. They thought that if they destroyed the holy sites of:the local egyptian religous sites that they would become christians.

After this we went to a market. We just bought some water n snacks. We have noticed that there havent been many tourists here which is due to the elections and local violence. Our tour leader said that Israel has been behind terrorist attacks on tourists to disrupt egypts second highest income which is tourism. It has been quite sad to see hotels, shops and markets empty. Egypt is already a poor country and its tough to see so many unemployed and struggling.

Oh and our tour guide nubi was hilarious. He had these dramatic pauses which kept up the excitement of the tour!

Happy travels!!

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