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View from Philae, looking north, 1857

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y30214A/11

Scope and Contents

234 x 152 mm. A view showing the temple colonnades at the left of the print with the Nile winding away through a rocky landscape beyond. The island of Philae lies above the Asswan Dam, completed in 1906, and when the sluices were closed, the island was submerged. With the building of the second dam the problem of the survival of the monuments at Philae became acute and a twenty year project to remove the buildings to Agilkia has recently been completed.


  • Creation: 1857


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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Fair condition, some fading in from edges.

Related Materials

For a panoramic view of the submerged island, see Y3041A/36.


For an article on the twenty years project see: Edwards, I.E.S. (1980) How they moved Philae's monuments to safety. 'The Times', 8th March, p. 12.




Frith, Francis, 1822-1898, photographer

Finding aid date

2004-06-30 16:33:36+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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