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    Kom Ombo Temple

    by Andrew_W_K Updated Jun 20, 2010

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    Kom Ombo occupies a beautiful spot on the banks of the Nile some 30 miles north of Aswan.
    The temple has been badly affected by floods, quakes and people using the stones for other building work over the years so it's pretty much a ruin but it is an impressive sight nonetheless.
    It's not as old as some of the temples being Greco Roman but is unique in that it is a double temple devoted to two gods instead of the usual one. The southern half is dedicated to Sobek (the crocodile god) and the northern half to Haroeris the falcon.
    The ruins are very well presented and there are good facilities outside with some nice shops and cafes no doubt catering to Nile cruise ships that ply their trade between Luxor and Aswan.
    The town itself seems to be full of tuk tuks - the little Asian scooter/taxis which are a delight in themselves.
    If you are based in Luxor or Aswan then a taxi to Kom Ombo should be one of your considerations for a trip.
    There is a slight downside here, the tourist police are a real pain. They are worse than the usual temple guides and won't leave you alone for a minute.

    Kom Ombo temple Inside Kom Ombo temple Ceiling detail, Kom Ombo temple The tiresome tourits police won't leave you alone
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    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology

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