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Description of EgyptNotes and Views in Egypt and Nubia$
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Edward William Lane

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9789774245251

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774245251.001.0001

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sPhilæ, and its environs.

sPhilæ, and its environs.

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s (p.434) Chapter XXXI. Philæ, and its environs.
Source:
Description of Egypt
Author(s):

Jason Thompson

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774245251.003.0032

The isle of Philae is a magnificent and most picturesque object, from whatever direction it is viewed: but the traveller is most forcibly struck with its majestic appearance when he first beholds it after winding along the narrow valley or along the rugged bank of the river. From a high mass of granite rocks, at the south-eastern angle of the island, there is a fine view of the great temple and the structures connected with it. Proceeding hence to the southward side, along the bank of the island, there is a handsome peristyle temple; a rich and elegant building, though of Roman times, and unfinished. This chapter talks about the ruins of the town of Bila'ck, the small temple of Athor, galleries before the great temple, the Island of Big'eh, and sculptures, etc, on the eastern bank of the Nile.

Keywords:   Philae, peristyle temple, Roman times, Bila'ck, Island of Big'eh

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