Kom Ombo Temple

The historical temple of Kom Ombo, which is located in the north of the city of Kom Ombo, which is about 45 km north of Aswan. This temple is unique in its architectural composition because it is based on two axes, each of the which it represents itself. An integrated lighting project has also been carried out to illuminate the temple at night. It was established during the reign of Ptolemy VI, and was decorated in Roman times at the time of the Emperor "Tiberius" in terms of design and architecture.

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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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