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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Kom Ombo Temple | Kom Ombo Egypt Day 3

After our leisurely morning and a lunch, our group met up for a late afternoon visit to Kom Ombo temple. Our cruise ship docked for a few hours to let us off for the visit. The Kom Ombo temple was situated just near where we docked - with a brilliant view of the beautiful Nile River. It was about 28 miles north of the city of Aswan, in a village called Kom Ombo.

The Temple known as Kom Ombo is actually two temples consisting of a Temple to Sobek and a Temple of Haroeris. In ancient times, sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the river bank near here. The Temple has scant remains, due first to the changing Nile, then the Copts who once used it as a church, and finally by builders who used the stones for new buildings.

Everything is duplicated along the main axis. There are two entrances, two courts, two colonades, two hypostyle halls and two sanctuaries. There were probably even two sets of priests. The left, or northern side is dedicated to Haroeris (sometimes called Harer, Horus the Elder) who was the falcon headed sky god and the right to Sobek (the corcodile headed god). The two gods are accompanied by their families. They include Haroeris' wife named Tesentnefert, meaning the good sister and his son, Panebtawy. Sobek likewise is accompanied by his consort, Hathor and son, Khonsu.

The temple is not as impressive as the ones we had seen earlier. Maybe it was also a case of temple fatigue - massive columns were no longer as awesome as they were earlier? But there are very interesting wall carvings to view.


Ancient Calendar at Kom Ombo Temple
Depicting Days of Important Ceremonies

Sobek, Crocodile God on the Right



Guide Said Women Depicted Sitting
Might be Women Giving Birth
It sure looks uncomfortable!

Toenails!
I am always amazed at the level of attention
paid to the features in these depictions

Kom Ombo Temple
As the Sun Begins to Set




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