Kom Ombo Temple

Kom Ombo Temple

Egypt has many wonderful attractions, One of these wonderful attractions is Kom Ombo Temple. It consists of two temples Sobek Temple and Haroeris Temple, The hypostyle hall has papyrus capitals on the columns, The Temple has scant remains, There are also tombs from the Old Kingdom in the vicinity of Kom-Ombo village. Enjoy visiting Kom Ombo from Aswan with Shaspo Tours. We offers a wide selection of Egypt Travel Packages and Aswan Tours.

 

The small town of Kom Ombo is situated on the East side of the Nile, 45 kilometers to the North of the city of Aswan, about 800 kilometers to the South of Cairo, the capital of Egypt. Surrounded by fields of sugarcane and corn, Kom Ombo is a pleasant agriculture town that now hosts many Nubians that were displaced after when the water of the Nile flooded their hometowns after the construction of the Nasser Lake.


The word "Kom" in Arabic means the small hill and the word "Ombo", in the Hieroglyphic ancient Egyptian language means the gold. Therefore, the word Kom Ombo, as a whole, means the hill of the gold.

Kom Ombo Temple was built during the Greco Roman period. It was constructed on the ruins of a much older temple which was called "Ber Sobek" or the house of the god Sobek. This old temple was erected during the reigns of both, King Tuthmosis III and then during the ruling period of Queen Hatshepsut, who were belonged to the 18th dynasty of the New Kingdom.

The recent temple of Kom Ombo was built during the period from 205 till 180 BC in the ruling period of King Ptolemy V. The construction process of the temple went on for many years afterwards in the period from 180 till 169 BC with each king having his addition to the complex of the Temple of Kom Ombo.

The Ptolemies have constructed the Temple of Kom Ombo for the worship of two gods, Sobek; the Crocodile god, and Horus, the falcon god. This is why the complex mainly consists of two parallel temples with all the traditional components of such ancient Egyptian religious structures are present in the two temples.

Kom Ombo Temple was mainly constructed with limestone in the shape of a rectangle, with a plan and a design which is quite similar to many temples constructed in the Greco Roman period like the Temples of Dendara and Philae which are considered among the most important monuments in Upper Egypt, visited by numerous tourists.
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