An island to the south of Aswan, mainly famous for its temple to Isis. In the 1970s, the archaeological remains on the island were moved to a nearby island in a UNESCO project to prevent them from disappearing under the waters of Lake Nasser. Among the buildings on the island were sanctuaries to several other gods, for example Hathor, Harendotes, Imhotep and the Nubian gods Mandulis and Arensnuphis. There is also a mammisi or birth house. The original temple of Philae goes back to the time of Taharqa (25th Dynasty), some blocks of which have been found. When the temple was moved, however, some blocks from the Ramesside period were revealed. The present construction dates from the 30th Dynasty (Nectanebo I) and later (mainly Graeco-Roman, from Ptolemy II to Diocletian). The last dated hieroglyphic text was inscribed on Hadrian's gate at Philae (24 August, AD 394). The temple was active into the sixth century AD, the cult was only ended between AD 535 and 537 on the orders of Justinian.