Kom Ombo Temple



The traces of the old city have disappeared along with the crocodiles, extinct for their widespread hunting. However, there remains a magnificent Kom Ombo Temple overlooking the eternal Nile, the Temple of Sobek.


The Temple of Kom Ombo is one of the Must-see stops of all Egypt Nile Cruise and included within most of Egypt Travel PackagesEgypt Day Tours, and Aswan day tours. It was constructed during the Ptolemaic dynasty but some extensions were later added during the Roman era in Egypt

Kom Ombo Temple can easily be visited when you're planning any tours to Egypt or from our variety of tours from Cairo.

Its destination is unusual, aimed at two gods, the crocodile god Sobek, and Horus the Elder, the falcon god. It has a double sanctuary, in a symmetrical architecture where each half is dedicated to its god. To access the temple you currently enter from a side entrance, which once served as a door inside the enclosure. The original entrance pylon was completely eroded by the Nile.

Today the city is home to many Nubians, dispersed due to the formation of Lake Nasser. The best way to get to Kom Ombo is by the river Nile.

The temple is of the post-pharaonic era, of the same period as those of Esna and Edfu Temple. It was probably built on the foundations of a previous structure. The entrance pylon was added later by the Roman emperor Augustus, around 30 B.C.

The internal structure of the temple is very similar to that of Esna. From the front courtyard, unfortunately very damaged, two doors lead to the hypostyle hall, with eight capitals in the shape of a lotus flower, decorated with scenes related to Horus the god of the sky on the left wall and to Sobek the crocodile on the right one, where we also find the Chapel of Hathor, dedicated to the companion goddess of Horus. In the chapel, there is a collection of crocodile mummies. To the left is a large well and a basin used to raise sacred crocodiles.

The traces of the old city have disappeared along with the crocodiles, extinct for their widespread hunting. However, there remains a magnificent temple overlooking the eternal Nile.

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