Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani and Major General Ashraf Attia, Governor of Aswan, inaugurated this morning, Friday, the Temple of Isis after a restoration project.
The inauguration ceremony was attended also by Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr. Ayman Ashmawy, Head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and Abdel Moneim Said, Director General of Aswan Antiquities.
The minister and the governor listened to a detailed explanation from Mrs. Iman Zidan, Assistant Minister for the Development of Museums and Archaeological Sites, on what has been done to develop tourism services at the temple.
She presented explanatory and guiding panels and a map of the governorate’s tourist destinations were placed and panels of precautionary measures to combat the novel coronavirus and provide a leaflet on the temple in Arabic and English.
A QR code has also been created to transfer the online visitor of on the Ministry’s website to the Isis Temple for more information and pictures.
Dr. Waziri manifested that the temple’s restoration work included restoring the floors and columns, cleaning the walls from the remains of birds and bats, and placing wire windows to prevent the birds from entering again.
During the inauguration, Anani thanked the archaeologists and restorers for their great effort in restoring the Temple of Isis, developing and raising its tourism services. He also thanked all Egyptian archaeologists and restorers for their dedication to work.
This opening comes within the framework of the visit of the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities to the city of Aswan to launch the initiative “Spend Winter in Egypt” on its first day, today, Friday, from Aswan, the southernmost city in Upper Egypt.
The event also coincides with the celebration of the National Day of Aswan Governorate, and the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the High Dam.
Anani made sure that his first tour of the city begins with a visit to the tourist market, to meet with the owners of bazaars, and to hear about their problems and the challenges they face.
The temple was discovered in 1871 AD and is about 19 meters long. King Ptolemy III built it to worship the goddess Isis and the triad of Aswan, and its construction was not completed.
It was built of sandstone and has two doors. The main door is crowned with an ornament topped by the winged sun disk.