Trajan’s Kiosk

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View of Trajan's Kiosk overlooking the Nile at its original location on the island of Philae
The hypæthral temple at Philæ, called the Bed of Pharaoh.
(Plate 34.)






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View of Trajan’s Kiosk overlooking the Nile at its original location on the island of Philae. The kiosk was moved to Agilkia Island in the 1960s to be preserved from the effects of the Aswan Dam. It is described as follows by the authors:

This is one of the most beautiful objects on the island of Philae, and seems to have been built for its striking and picturesque effect. It is placed on the eastern side of the island, and, in our view, appears as it is seen by the traveller who ascends the Nile. This little temple is only sixty feet long and forty-five feet wide: the style of its proportion is elongated, as if the architect had thus intended to increase its effect as seen from the river. It has five columns on each side, and four at each end, between the centre columns at each of these is an entrance; all else around is inclosed by walls, which reach to two-thirds of the height of the columns. The architrave is raised high above the columns, being placed on upright stones, which rest upon the lotus-headed capitals; the open spaces between are out of all architectural rule or proportion, but in spite of this, it is strikingly elegant. The entrances are open to the Great Temple on the west, and to the Nile on the east; outside the river-gate is a platform, or terrace, which forms also a quay that extends nearly round the island; the principal landing-place for travellers is below this temple, and here their boats are usually moored.

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