The Temple of Kom Ombo is located in the city of the same name, 45 km north of Aswan and is also known as the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris since they are the gods to whom the temple was dedicated.
The visit to the Temple of Kom Ombo is included in all Nile cruises and is usually done at night.
This is one of the most beautiful temples along the Nile River and was started by Ptolemy VI when Kom Ombo was one of the capitals of Egypt.
What to see in the Temple of Kom Ombo
The Kom Ombo Temple was built between the 2nd and 1st centuries BC, making it a relatively modern temple compared to others in the country.
Because this temple is consecrated to two different gods, it is a double temple, that is, it has 2 pylons, 2 hypostyle halls, 2 patios and 2 sanctuaries.
The two temples are parallel with the two entrances on the main façade being the Sobek on the left and Horus on the right.
The myth tells that Sobek was the incarnation of evil and that is why he was represented by a crocodile and Horus, his brother, was the incarnation of good and that is why he was represented by a falcon.
This temple has numerous engravings and paintings on its walls and columns that are worth admiring carefully.
Also of note are the Mammisi of Horus and the Chapel of Hathor, where several mummified crocodiles can be seen.
And you should not miss the wall where different medical instruments of the time are engraved that give an idea of how advanced the Egyptian civilization was in this aspect, some games engraved on the ground and a nilometer, which was used to measure the height of the Nile and know if it was planting time.
The party of the djellabas
We place in this article the traditional festival of djellabas that takes place on cruise ships since it is on the night that the ship docks in Kom Ombo when it takes place. In this party, which takes place after a traditional Arab dinner, different games are played in which the cruise passengers are dressed in djellabas.
In the market that is on the way to the temple from the pier they know it and that is why they will not hesitate to offer you djellabas of all kinds for which you will have to haggle. If you want to buy them at a fixed price, there are usually shops on the ships where they are sold.
If you are doing a cruise on the Nile, the visit to this temple will be included. If not, you can go from Aswan in a convoy to this city where you can visit the temple. Admission costs 30LE.
If you are going to buy a djellaba, a reasonable price is €8-10, although there are people who can get them for less.