National Geographic : 1913 Sep
Photo byA.W.Cutler THE SUBMERGED RUINS OF THE TEMPLES OF PHILI, NEAR ASSOUAN Art and sentiment have been sacrificed to the commercial welfare of modern Egypt. With the completion ofthegreat dam atAssouan, the waters rose over the island of Phile. The tops of most of the buildings remained above the water level alltheyear round until thedam was raised another 26 feet, when-excepting from July to October-the temples were entirely submerged. Though this constitutes agreat artistic loss, the gain to Egypt, through the conservation of these life-giving waters in a rainless land, is estimated at$15,ooo,oo0 annually.