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Gravesend, United Kingdom
September 18, 2009
From journal The Ancient Delights of the Middle East
January 26, 2009
From journal An Unforgettable 10 Days in Egypt
April 23, 2004
From journal Exploring Egypt 2004
July 10, 2002
Even though the temple complex was damaged by earthquake in 1992, it is still worth seeing for some quite unusual findings: reliefs showing surgical instruments, birthing chairs, women giving birth & suckling their children; a crocodile-shaped structure for trapping crocodiles, leading to a pit in the shape of the key of life; & an actual mummified crocodile.
Michael Haag in Discovery Guide to Egypt (1987) describes Kom-Ombo Temple thus: "The temple...its elevation, its seclusion, the combination of sun & water flowing past as though in slow but determined search for the Mediterranean, at last suggests something of Greece...there is something in its stones of that Hellenic response to light..."
From journal Aswan to Abu Simbel & More
March 10, 2002
Built in 150 BC, representing the Middle Kingdom, Kom Ombo is a dual temple dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god, and Horus, the falcon god. Their temples side by side have identical, symmetrical features, massive twin doors, pillars, courts, halls, and sanctuaries. Built originally in the 2nd century by Ptolemy VI Philometor, subsequent Greeks and Romans added halls and decorative designs.
At one time, an entrance pylon and outer enclosure wall existed, but was eroded over time by the river, as rising waters deposited silt on the sight and nearly buried it. Later, after the decline of the Roman Empire, a portion of the sight was used as a quarry, and many of the walls were taken down to create new buildings elsewhere.
Prior to entering the main structures, we entered the Roman Chapel of Hathor to view three mummified crocodiles in a small room. I saw the Eye of Horus only twice in Horus' temple, compared to the multitude of croc images in the adjoining temple of Sobek. There was a makeshift hospital between mud brick wall at the rear of the temple. Previous medical instruments that were excavated are now on display in the British Museum. Images of a woman squatting in childbirth, and medical procedures decorated the walls. The Egyptian calendar was also illustrated in confusing detail on one wall.
Of great interest to me, was seeing color on the underside of giant doorways and pillars, still visible after thousands of years on this weathered limestone. Faint red, and more brilliant blues and blacks were preserved best on the ceilings, hidden from the glaring sun. It was the first structure I'd seen with color on the exterior. It must've been an amazing sight to see when all the hieroglyphic images were adorned in color in ancient times!
Hours are 7am-9pm daily. Admission is 10 pounds for adults and only 5 pounds for students, substantially less than other temples.
From journal Honeymoon in Aswan & Abu Simbel