Travelogue

Kom Ombo

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Kom Ombo  an agricultural town in Egypt famous for its temple. The town is located on the river Nile, some 30 miles north of Aswan and it stood on an important crossroads between the caravan route from Nubia and trails from the gold mines in the eastern desert. The temple is built on a high dune overlooking the Nile. Actually there are two temples, a Temple to Sobek the crocodile god, and Horus the falcon-headed god. The whole layout is duplicated, there are two entrances, two courts, two colonades, two hypostyle halls and two sanctuaries. The temples were built during the Graeco-Roman period, however, some ramains of an earlier structure from the 18th dynasty are visible. The main sight at Kom Ombo is the outer hypostyle hall with the 15 beautiful thick columns decorated with floral capitals and  a cornices depicting winged sun-discs. Unfortunately, Much of the temple has been destroyed by the water of the Nile, earthquakes, and later building projects.