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Kom Ombo Temple

The magnificent temple at Kom Ombo is located north of Aswan and was built during the Graeco-Roman period (332 BC AD 395). It's a wonderful stop station for those cruising along the Nile.

The temple is unique because it is double temple, dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god, and Horus the falcon-headed god.

Horus, the falcon-headed god, is a familiar ancient Egyptian god. He has become one of the most commonly used symbols of Egypt, seen on Egyptian airplanes, and on hotels and restaurants throughout the land.

Horus is the son of Osiris and Isis, the divine child of the holy family triad. He is one of many gods associated with the falcon. His name means "he who is above" and "he who is distant". In Egyptian culture, the falcon represents protection.

Sobek was an ancient Egyptian deity with a complex and fluid nature.He is associated with the Nile crocodile or the West African crocodile and is represented either in its form or as a human with a crocodile head. Sobek was also associated with pharaonic power, fertility, and military prowess, but served additionally as a protective deity with apotropaic qualities, invoked particularly for protection against the dangers presented by the Nile. Crocodiles are seen everywhere in the northern region of Egypt and considered sacred because of Sobek.

The western half of the temple is dedicated to Sobek and the eastern half is dedicated to Horus. The double dieties aren't the only thing that make this temple unique. The main feature of kom ombo temple is the hypostyle hall full with fifteen columns decorated with some lotus floral capitals and sun images, the bases of the columns are decorated with Lilly as a symbol for upper Egypt and papyrus which is a symbol for Nile delta.

The tombs and temples of Egypt are full of symbolism, I was blessed to be able to see it all with my own eyes and learn from the locals. If you want to learn more about ancient Egypt and the various amazing temples I recommend checking out the Ancient History Encyclopedia...

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