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Kom Ombo

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Kom Ombo is located on a bend in the river Nile about 50 km(30 miles) north of Aswan. Located on the east bank, Kom Ombo is home to an unusual double temple built during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. The temple is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Haroeris (Horus the Elder).

About 30 miles north of Aswan is the Temple of Kom Ombo built on a high dune overlooking the Nile River . Ptolemy VI built the temple in the 2nd century BC but Ptolemy XIII built the outer and inner hypostyle halls. Augustus built the outer enclosure and part of the court around 30 B.C.

The temple is actually made up of two temples: that of Sobek and that of Haroeris. In ancient time, crocodiles waded in the river. There are two entrances, two courts, two colonnades, two hypostyle halls and two sanctuaries. There were probably even two sets of priests for the two temples. Foundations are all that are left of the original Pylon.

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Two Temples

Beyond the Pylon, there was once a staircase in the court that led to a roof terrace.

In the southwest corner is the one column that does not echo the duality of the temples. Here, there are scenes depicting purification of the King, his coronation and his consecration of the Temple.

Temples of Sobek and Haroeris

The ceiling has astronomical images. In the anti chamber, there are scenes depicting the goddess Seshat.

Statues to the gods and the builders of the temple once occupied the net room just before the sanctuaries. The ceiling of the pure place to the north still remains with an image of Nut. There is little left of the sanctuaries

Nile Crocodiles

Sobek's chief sanctuary was at Kom Ombo, where there were once huge numbers of crocodiles. Until recent times the Egyptian Nile was infested with these ferocious animals, who would lay on the riverbank and devour animals and humans alike. So it is not surprising that the local inhabitants went in fear.

Flood-lit Temple

If departing Kom Ombo by boat at night, it is lovely to watch as the flood lit temple fades into the distance. Perhaps have some insect repellant just in case you are not the only lifeform on the deck.

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