The kiosk of Trajan on the island of Philae

May 10, 2010

The kiosk of Trajan on the island of Philae

The kiosk of Trajan on the island of Philae, It was called by David Roberts an 'hypaethral temple', since it had no roof, and was described by the natives of the area as the ‘bed of the pharaoh’. In reality, the building, with perfect architectural proportions, was originally covered by a wooden roof, and was a wayside chapel for the sacred barque of Isis carried in procession during the great ceremonies held in honour of the goddess.

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