Kawm Umbu Travel Guide

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Kawm Umbu Things to Do

  • Hathor Chapel and Crocodile

    To the right side of the Temple there is a small room, which firstly was built and dedicated to goddess Hathor. Now it is used to display mummified crocodiles, which were found in the vicinity of the Temple. A few of the three-hundred crocodile mummies discovered in the vicinity are displayed inside the Temple.Sobek’s chief sanctuary was at Kom...

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  • Ancient Calendar

    One of the most interesting things is the long list of calendars telling us about the various festivals dedicated to various gods.You may see Outer Wall of Kom-Ombo on my 3 min 05 sec Kom Ombo Outer Wall VIDEO clip

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  • Medicine Instruments

    The left side of the Temple is dedicated Horus who was also known as the good doctor. The Temple became famous for its healing power. It was a major pilgrimage site here a healing cult was developed and the temple was a sanctuary for many patients who were seeking help and treatment by the priests. They would fast for a night in the Temple...

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  • Second Hypostyle Hall

    The rear wall leads to the Second Hypostyle Hall that leads to twin entrances and has 15 columns. Five of them are incorporated in the front wall. This section shows Ptolemy VII holding hymnal texts before the Nile gods.The Second Hypostyle Hall repeats the design of the first one on a smaller scale and again allows two separate processional paths...

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  • Hypostyle Hall of Ptolemy XII

    The First Hypostyle Hall has papyrus capitals on the columns. There is an inventory of the scared places of Egypt, the gods of the main towns and the local and national festivals.Overall, the relief sculpture is typical of the Ptolemaic and Roman periods, with very deeply carved sunken reliefs on the exterior walls and columns, and fine quality...

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  • Entrance and Courtyard of Augustus

    The entrance into the Temple is located to the Easter side. There is an ancient Gate built by Neos Dionysus (Ptolemy XIII). Then you will see Mud brick Enclosure Wall and the Birth House of Ptolemy VII (Mammissi). The Birth House is the nearest building to the river. Its western half was destroyed, so little of it remained till now. The first Pylon...

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  • Temple of Kom Ombo

    This temple is just beside the river Nile. Kom Ombo is the temple of two gods, Haroeris and Sobek. There are three mummified crocodiles on the place too.Entrance fee to the temple was in march 2006, 20 L.E (Egyptian pound)

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  • The Dramatic Temple

    The Temple of Kom Ombo, with its dramatic setting on a bluff overlooking a bend in the Nile, is a sight to be savored. I went to Egypt knowing of other more famous sites, but came away awestruck by the dramatic beauty of this lesser known site. The tall wide main columns, with their elaborately ornate Ptolemaic crowns, are striking as they stand...

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  • Hathor Shrine at the Temple of Kom Ombo

    Hathor Shrine is located on the right side of the temple. This is where u can find some mummified crocodiles, and their clay coffins which were dug up from a nearby animal cemetery. Ancient Egyptians practised the mummification of animals as well, not just human; as animals were worshipped in the Pharaonic times, i.e cat, ibis, falcon, crocodile....

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Kawm Umbu Restaurants

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Aug 31, 2007

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    Meal at the restaurant of the boat seemed to me delicious enough. Meal seemed also diverse enough first days. Probably by the third day of the cruise, having been satiated with this meal, it would be desirable already something another.

    The cost of meal was included into the cost of the cruise. Therefore I do not know, how much our breakfasts, dinners and suppers cost. I paid only for beer (20LE = $ 4), fresh juice (9LE = $ 2) and tea (7LE = $ 1,5). The payment occurred only once - in the end of the cruise.

    You may see cruise boat restaurant on my 44 sec Cruise boat restaurant VIDEO clip

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Kawm Umbu Nightlife

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    When Nubian performance came to its end the tourists went on their own performance with dancing, singing and making joy until forces left us…

    You may see our dancing at the cruise boat on my 1 min 43 sec Cruise Boat Dancing VIDEO clip

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Kawm Umbu Transportation

  • Jitney Service from Aswan

    Minivans parked at the jitney service stop in Aswan depart regularly toward all destinations between Aswan and Luxor. Prices are very cheap. If in transit to Luxor with luggage, be prepared to have your stuff hoisted aggressively atop and strapped down. There is no room for luggage inside the seating compartment, except for your daypack or purse on...

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  • Cruise boat

    Kom-Ombo is located about 65 kilometres south of Edfu and 45 kilometres north of Aswan. Tourists usually get there by cruise boats on their way from Luxor to Aswan or on the contrary from Aswan to Luxor. We reached Kom-Ombo in the evening after a day floating from Edfu. There were almost a dozen other boats, which arrived a little bit before us....

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  • Cruise to Kom Ombo

    As part of our 3 day Nile Cruise, we stopped by Kom Ombo temple for a look.Cruising into Kom Ombo was an impressive site - seeing the temple all lit up in the distance.The ship docked up against other similar cruise boats, and we had to walk through the reception area of each boat to get to shore!The cruise was certainly a relaxing method of...

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Kawm Umbu Shopping

  • Shopping in cruise

    A small shop is available on the boat. Here it is possible to buy souvenirs, national Egyptian clothes, and jewelry. I have bought for a night-party a Nubian suit consisted of three subjects: a long shirt, a jacket and a turban. It costed only 60LE (12 dollars). You may see me wearing this suit in my travelogue "Night-party".However I would not...

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  • Need something to wear?

    The stalls outside Kom Ombo are good places to pick up something for that fancy-dress party! More haggling!

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Kawm Umbu Local Customs

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    According to tradition the team of the boat makes an amateur performance for tourists. Sailors and attendants of the boat were basically Nubians. Therefore we have seen Nubian dances and have heard Nubian songs.

    Some tourists have put on Nubian suits (including me on the fifth pic) that it was better correspond to the atmosphere of this holiday. We were singing Nubian songs together – it was perfectly fine!

    You may see the Night-show on my 6 min 17 sec Cruise Boat Night-show VIDEO clip

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Kawm Umbu Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't miss the boat! Or slip!

    When our ship pulled into Kom Ombo, we docked up against several other similar cruise boats. We then had to walk through the reception area of each boat to get to shore. This was the easy bit.Once on shore - the sandy banks of the Nile - we had to clamber up the steep river bank, which was difficult as it was mainly sand and a bit of scrub. Then,...

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  • Watch out for exotic souvenirs

    Especially in this area of the temple of crocodiles - locals will try to sell some baby crocs.Forget it ! better purchase some cheap textiles !

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Kawm Umbu Tourist Traps

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Aug 31, 2007

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    An unpleasant tourist trap of Kom Ombo (as in almost every Egyptian sight) were huge crowds of tourists which simultaneously were in the Temple. Though the operating time of the Temple is since early morning till the evening I've got an impression, that all tourists who this day intended to examine the Temple appeared there simultaneously just when we came.

    We had to wait for 2-5 minutes before getting an opportunity to watch ancient medicine instruments and calendar paintings. Guide’s explanations on different languages were hearing from everywhere. But - nothing to do!

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Kawm Umbu Off The Beaten Path

  • Sunset over the Nile

    Dawns and sunsets over the Nile made huge impression on me. We have arrived in Kom Ombo just before sunset. It was necessary to hurry up to the Temple to have time to photograph it before it was coming dark. However the huge sphere of the sun gradually falling waters of the Nile attracted not less, than an ancient Temple. I have offered some...

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  • Leave the touristic path

    My trip by private bus - from Aswan to Luxor.You will see many things, street scénes and heavy industry. The trip takes about three hours, but you will not regret it.

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  • Behind the touristic paths

    Kom Ombo has more to show than the famous temple only.The inner city , with it's many minarets and colorfull houses, but also look at the heavy industry of sugar production.

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Kawm Umbu Favorites

  • Museum and useful links

    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)Useful links:From touregypt.com here.From Mark Andrews here.From Wikipedia here.

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  • Temple History background

    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...

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  • Temple of Horus and Sobek name...

    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...

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