Open hours 9.00 – 21.00.
Entrance fee 25LE ($5).
Video and photo are allowed.
Second pic - Map of the Temple.
Third pic - The Temple in the beginning of the XXth century (old photo).
Forth pic - The Temple in Kom Ombo - David Roberts drawing (1839)
From touregypt.com here.
From Mark Andrews here.
From Wikipedia here.
It is considered that Ptolemy VI Philometor started the construction. The emperor Neo Dionysus (Ptolemy XIII) finished the most of buildings. He was known as the father of famous Cleopatra. He built the Outer and Inner Hypostyle Halls. The emperor Augustus finished the whole Temple. He built the Outer enclosure Wall and part of the Courtyard which now has his name.
Much of the temple has been destroyed by the Nile, earthquakes, and later builders who used the stones for other projects. Some of the reliefs inside were defaced by Copts who once used the temple as a church.
The Temple is situated on the east bank of the Nile. It was built on a high dune overlooking the Nile. The Temple actually consists of two temples – the Temple to Sobek and the Temple of Horus, because it was dedicated two Egyptian gods - Horus and Sobek. They say sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the river bank near here in ancient times. The Temple was built out of limestone.
Mainly the temple was dedicated to go Sobek the crocodile god, together with his wife in another form of goddess Hathor. The left part is dedicated to Horus - the falcon headed sky god. The right part is dedicated to Sobek - the crocodile headed god.
That was why the temple was called both "House of the Crocodile" and "Castle of the Falcon".
The Temple of Kom Ombo is an unusual double temple built during the rule Ptolemaic dynasty in the Egyptian town of Kom Ombo. One side of the temple is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world. The other side is dedicated to the falcon god Haroeris, also known as Horus the Elder. The temple was started by Ptolemy VI Philometor at the beginning of his reign and added to by other Ptolemys, most notably Ptolemy XIII who built the inner and outer hypostyle halls. Much of the temple has been destroyed by the Nile, earthquakes, and later builders who used the stones for other projects. Some of the reliefs inside were defaced by Copts who once used the temple as a church. A few of the three-hundred crocodile mummies discovered in the vicinity are displayed inside the temple.
Fondest memory: A well-preserved frieze inside Kom Ombo temple
To see how the sights use to look before they were restored and the sand was excavated out of the temples buy the book A JOURNEY IN EGYPT ( BONECHI PUBLISHERS) by David Roberts a Scot who visited Egypt in 1838-9 for 11months drawing and painting in watercolours and oils the sights ,temples he visited
The colours on the columns and walls of the hieroglyphs are very bright giving you a good idea of how colourful the temples were.
Favorite thing: Even if your tour guide says Kom Ombu isn't very impressive, you might as well go see it, right?!? I really enjoyed the temple. It was dedicated to Sobek, the Crocodile god, so was different from others I'd seen. Plus, it was a short walk to the Temple from where the cruise ships were docked and if you're on a similar schedule as we were, there wasn't really anything else to do that day. We didn't stop at any other temple sites and had a leisurely day, so seeing this temple wasn't difficult on the body at all :) Of course be sure and take some water, as with any place you go in Egypt!
Fondest memory: If you go on a Nile cruise then Kom Ombo will be one in a string of temples that you see. However it is certainly worth visiting for it's Nilometer and the interesting hieroglyphics.
Favorite thing: Kom Ombo can be sailed straight up to and you won't need to get off your boat and get in a coach to reach it unlike the other temples that you'll also visit when sailing South of Luxor.