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“Beautiful temple”
Review of Temple of Kom Ombo

Temple of Kom Ombo
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Private Day Tour Excursion To Edfu and Kom Ombo
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Kom Ombo
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Owner description: Construction of this imposing Graeco-Roman temple was begun by Ptolemy VI Philometer in the 2nd century.
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“Beautiful temple”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

When we visited Kom Ombo Temple on our Nile Cruise we were docked a 3 minute walk away. The cost to enter was LE20, about £2, and it was beautiful. The sun was just about to go down and the sunset and photos we took were spectacular. The price of the admission ticket also included admission to the Crocodile Museum which was just near the exit. This museum had mummified crocodiles and quite a bit of information of crocodiles in ancient times, a lovely viisit.

Visited December 2012
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“Wow”
Reviewed December 6, 2012

The view of this temple from the Nile has the wow factor, especially at night when it is all lit up. Inside the highlight has to be the carving of surgeons instruments; all still recognisable as being part of any modern hospital theatreequipment.

A rare example of a temple dedicated to 2 Egyptian deities

The down side, as in most Egyptian ancient sites is the army of souvenir sellers who will not take no for an answer.

Visited November 2012
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“Best on the Nile”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

This Temple I regarded as the best seen this holiday ( although we did not visit Abu Simbel). The wiofe by now had temple overload and gave this one a miss but I told her she missed the most interesting. The carvings were excellently preserved and proved to be the easiest one to move around. Don't miss the crocodile museum where they have an exhibition of mummyfied crocodiles which it seems incredible date back 3000 years.

Visited November 2012
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“Kom Ombo, not to be missed”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

it was a gauntlet to get past the hawkers - they are all over, but once inside the Temple you get a sense of awe. The temple was built to the crocodile God Sobek and his image is carved beautifully all over. The one part I really liked was the offering table in the middle of the courtyard. The priest would place food, meat, on the table and the crocodiles would use passages that lead from the Nile to the courtyard to get the meal. the sanctuary and hypo-style area still had some colors of paint on them and the carvings were beautiful. Very worth while exploring. Don't miss the crocodile museum filled with mummified crocs and other artifacts.

Visited November 2012
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“Temple With A View”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

The Temple of Sobek and Horus is located at Kom Ombo, only a few hours sailing from Aswan.

This small but beautiful temple sits by the Nile and is only a short walk from a cruise boat’s mooring. Of course you do not make the walk alone, there are numerous vendors, many of them children, who will keep you company in your short stroll.

The temple is on an elevated site which therefore gives great views of the Nile below, as well as presenting an imposing skyline. In Egyptian terms this is a new building, only about 1800 years old, it is not as well preserved as Edfu, but nevertheless it is in remarkably good condition.

There are two entrances and basically there are two temples in one, Sobek (the crocodile god) to the right and Horus (the hawk god) to the left. Most impressive are the detailed reliefs showing the crowning of Ptolemy, the festival list and the calendar. However, probably the most important is the first known list of medical instruments, including bone saws, scalpels, suction caps and dental tools. Guides will tell you that they were used in operations, but perhaps they were mummification tools.

Outside the temple is one of the best kept “nileometers”, which measured the height of the Nile and consequently the amount of water available for irrigation, which determined the level of tax to be levied.

As you leave the site, call in the Crocodile Museum, it is part of the deal. There are numerous mummified crocodiles of various sizes and a few other exhibits, macabre but interesting.
We visited in the late afternoon and saw the sun set over the Nile and the temple illuminated by the evening sun and low-level lighting as we departed.

Visited October 2012
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