Kom-Ombo: The Temple of Two Gods
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We sailed down the River Nile and just before sunset, docked at the city of Kom-Ombo, to see the Temple of Two Gods.
Perched on a hill along the River Nile, the Temple of Two Gods in the town of Kom-Ombo looked very much like a Hellenistic temple - different from the other Egyptian temples we have previously visited. This is because it was built when Egypt fell under the Greeks under Ptolemy IV.
The temple is unique because it is a double temple, dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god, and Horus, the falcon-headed god. The layout combines the two temple in on with each side having its own gateways and chapels. The temple walls are adorned with Egyptian hieroglyphs, artwork and reliefs of the two gods. One of the famous reliefs in the temple is the coronation of the pharoah by the Egyptian gods.
The town was overran by crocodiles when the River Nile changes tides. Until recently with the reinforced construction of the Nile River banks, this bend in the Nile was a favored spot for crocodiles to bask in the sun which threatened the locals.
In the temple grounds is the Sacred Well, just west of the Outer Hypostyle Hall. This large round well has two stairways descending to its depths and was used as a Nilometer that measuries the depth of the Nile. The height in which the River Nile rises during flood season can be seen by the water marks still visible on the temple walls! Crazy!
The sunset was lovely and the illuminated temple looks imposing during the night.