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Kom Ombo

Kom Ombo

Egypt Holidays - Temple of Kom Ombo

The Temple of Kom Ombo is located on the banks of the Nile in a beautiful setting about 30 kilometres north of Aswan.  This unusual, totally symmetrical, temple is dedicated to two gods – the falcon-god Haroeris (Horus the Elder) and Sobek, the crocodile god. There are some fine reliefs in the Outer Corridor between the temple and its Roman enclosure wall, one of which shows the sophisticated surgery of nearly 2,000 years ago, depicting instruments such as scalpels, dental tools and bone saws.  Just before the entrance to the temple is the Chapel of Hathor containing 3 mummified crocodiles.

Like others along this stretch of the Nile, the temple is Greco-Roman in style and was started by Ptolemy VI; the Emperor Augustus added some of the finishing touches.  The original pylon and much of the forecourt was destroyed by water erosion so what we see today is just a section of the complex, yet it is still very impressive.


Below: Relief of Horus in the Outer Corridor.

Egypt Holidays - The Outer Corridor Kom Ombo Temple