Kom Ombo
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The site of Kom Ombo hosts the Ptolemaic Temple of Herwer (Haroeris) and Sobek, as well as a smaller, Roman-Period temple to Hathor, and a Nilometer. The Temple of Haroeris and Sobek is noted for its symmetrical construction: two entrances, two sanctuaries, and a line of symmetry that divides the temple into the domains of Haroeris and Sobek. The worship of Sobek, the crocodile god, is an example of the manner in which the Egptians turned dangerous creatures into protectors. Sacred crocodiles were kept at the temple here, and mummified and buried after death. Along the inside of the outer wall are images thought to be connected with Egyptian medicine, including what appear to be birthing chairs and a series of surgical instruments.

A new museum has just opened on the site.

Daily, 9 AM - 5 PM

Egyptian: 2 LE
Foreign: 25 LE
50% reduction for bearers of International Student ID Card

Kom Ombo is 45 km north of Aswan. The temple itself, however, is about 4 km outside of town.

BY BOAT: The site is a popular stop for the cruise boats. From the docks, you can walk to the entrance of the temple.

BY BUS: Buses run regularly from Luxor and Aswan, and you can ask to be dropped off at the marked road leading to the temple.

BY TAXI: A convoy must be used for long distance travel, but from within the town, ask for maabd Kom Ombo, about a 7 LE ride.

By the site itself, just on the outside, is a tourist bazaar which also includes a few cafés.

The Temple of Haroeris and Sobek at Kom Ombo (Martina Minas-Nerpel)


The interior of the temple (SCA Archives)