Travel guide | Kom Ombo Temple Luxor Aswan Egypt

The Temple of Kom Ombo is an unusual double temple in the Egyptian town of Kom Ombo. It stands by the Nile just south of Gebel el-Silsila, between Aswan and Edfu.

The building is unique because its ‘double’ design meant that there were courts, sanctuaries and rooms duplicated for two sets of gods. The southern half of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, god of fertility. Meanwhile, the northern part of the temple was dedicated to the falcon god Horus the Elder.

The temple is a typical because everything is perfectly symmetrical along the main axis.

The outer enclosure wall is mud brick but the temple itself is built of local sandstone from the quarry at Gebel el-Silsila. The modern visitor enters by the gate on the eastern side of the outer enclosure wall.

Much of the temple has been destroyed by the Nile, earthquakes, and later builders who used its stones for other projects.

A few of the three-hundred crocodile mummies discovered in the vicinity are displayed in The Crocodile Museum.

Sources:
http://www.ancientegyptonline.co.uk/komombotemple.html
http://www.sca-egypt.org/eng/SITE_Kom_Ombo.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_Kom_Ombo

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