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Temple of Kom-Ombo


temple of kom ombo40 km northward of Aswan, 160 km southward of Luxor, on the right bank of the Nile, there was the town of Nubit. Today, on the site of the ancient city, remain only the temple Greek-Roman of Kôm Ombo which a part felt in the Nile.

Ptolemy VI (-180 / -145) was at the origin of the construction which continued with other Ptolemy nd was completed in the third century.

A double enclosing wall includes the whole of constructions. It is a double temple, it presents an unfolding of the sanctuary and all the doors and passages which, since the entry, lead to the Naos.
kom omboThe southern part of the temple is devoted to the crocodile god Sobek, god of the fertility and creator of the world, the other part is devoted to the falcon god Haroeris, also known under the name of Horus the elder one.

The walls of the temple, the corridors and the enclosures are still covered with relieves of which some keep traces of colour.
However the main part of the temple was destroyed by the erosion due to the proximity of the Nile, the earthquakes, and the stone extraction.
A part of the interior inscriptions was disfigured by the Copts which used the temple as church.

See also : pictures and drawings of Kom-Ombo

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