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Monday, August 9, 2010

Kom Ombo Temple



this facade is one of the example of open papyrus, an example of Egyptian architecture






some of the reliefs that are still intact or maybe renovated





the main entrance of the majestic temple

Michael, walking around the temple, i stole a shot ;)

ancient reliefs still can be seen curved on the columns

posing with the columns :)






Kom Ombo Temple - this majestic hypostyle hall was decorated by Ptolemy III Evergetes II, still bears the details of the reliefs on the gigantic columns. The left part of the temple is dedicated to the falcon god Haroeris or Horus the Elder, a solar warrior god.

The temple is situated in a small elevated place above the river Nile. This temple is dedicated to the falcon god Haroeris ( and Sedak with a crocodile head). We saw two holy mummified crocodiles, they consider it God in the ancient Egyptian time.

Beautiful Kom Ombo temple is not so famous like Abu Simbel or Karnak Temple so it was really quiet and not overloaded with thousands of tourists. We really enjoyed looking around the temple. The temple was several times on ancient time reconstructed by different Pharaohs to make it more beautiful and bigger.

The carvings of Gods and hieroglyphs and scenes like hunting, offerings, death, and more of the Pharaohs who built and enlarged this temple are very well preserved. Even some bas reliefs are still with original colors more than three thousand years old. It is not so "important" but one of the most beautiful temple in Egypt.


the Egyptian waiter wearing traditional dress served us the tea


There's tea restaurant near the temple so we drinked tea and relax a little before going back to our hotel.After visiting Kom Ombo temple we took a taxi going back to Assuan, it was again another interesting temple for us.

6 comments:

  1. Excellent post, with so many beautiful photos and great information on the temple..

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  2. Love it Sis... isasama ko sa bucket list ko ito... places I have to visit before I die.

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  3. You help to fill up part of my dream.

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  4. the carvings are excellent Car, am so glad they preserve these for our appreciation of the past, thanks for bringing us to your travel through your photos and your information.

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  5. KC, amazing as always, take me..take me there!

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  6. KC, so interesting to see all those ancient Egyptian architecture and drawings carved on the columns! beautiful work indeed, and so amazing that it has been preserved so well through the years.

    i also found it intriguing that you and michael were able to see two holy mummified crocodiles! wow!! that's something i have never seen. it must have been quite an experience:) yeah, the Egyptians of ancient times were big on worshipping animals- cats and crocodiles and birds and such.

    once, on travel channel, i saw how they pour tea in places like Egypt:) amazing how they pour it so well while holding it up high above the cup! if i attempted that, i would probably miss the cup entirely and end up scalding myself, hahahha!! so awesome that you and michael got to spend a couple of weeks in magical Egypt! maybe someday i'll be lucky enough to travel there, too. for now, your pictures from your travels are enough to make me smile:) thank you, KC!

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