The Temple of Kom Ombo by David Henderson

On the day we arrived in Kom Ombo we were engulfed in the middle of a sandstorm with a vicious wind  blowing in from the sahara desert. The sky was  heavy with orange dust, the air a scorching 44C and Kom Ombo was deserted……

The Temple of Kom Ombo by David Henderson

The Temple of Kom Ombo by David Henderson

The temple at Kom Ombo lies 30 miles north of Aswan on the east bank of the Nile and was built during the Graeco-Roman period (332 BC- AD 395). There was an earlier structure from the 18th dynasty but little remains.

The temple is unique because it is in fact a double temple, dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god, and Horus, the falcon-headed god. The layout combines two temples in one with each side having its own gateways and chapels.

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