Sailing out to the Philae temple
Egyptian temple I ever visited was in an unusual spot - it was in the middle of
Madrid in Spain
- and not in Egypt.
So what is an Egyptian temple doing in Madrid
- the ancient Egyptians never made it all the way to Spain to settle down and build
is the place I am going to see now. When president Naser decided to build the Aswan dam the level of the Nile
would rise significantly. This would mean several old temples would be flooded.
The Spanish government decided to help Egypt move these old temples to
higher ground to preserve them for prosperity. This was done with several
temples and to show their appreciation the Egyptian government wanted to give a
gift to the Spanish people - and what did the people of Spain need.
answer was obvious every country need an old Egyptian temple - hence they took
one minor temple down transported it to Madrid
and rebuild it in the centre of Madrid.
The main temple
So I took
the short sail across Lake Naser to see the Philae
temple. It is not one of the most impressive temples around Egypt but it
has got a special story the way it was moved from its original location to a
new island. The original island where it was build had a flat top. When they
found a new island to move the temple it did not have a flat top - then what do
you do - you level the island to produce an artificial flat island.
The Philae temple is a nice temple but I could not help but
feel there is a bit of the magic missing - when you moved it to the new
location it also took away a part of the aura of the place having been there