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We slept on the boat which was still docked in Aswan. In the morning, my mother-in-law and I went to the Nubian Museum. It’s a great museum – well organized, not too big, with well-written descriptions in English. This museum is everything the Egyptian Museum in Cairo could be.
After a couple of hours, we returned to the boat for lunch and set sail from Aswan up (yes, the Nile strangely flows South to North) the great River Nile. Near sunset, we arrived at Kom Ombo temple. This temple from the Ptolemaic times (built in the 2nd century BC) is the only temple in Egypt to two gods – both the crocodile god Sobek and the god Haroeris (Horus the Elder). This temple is just 100 yards from the river bank. Since we were there at sunset, the entire monument burned a deep red.
The most impressive thing about Kom Ombo was the relief in the carvings on the walls. They were not simply carved into the rock, but they were completed so that the sharp details stood up out of the rock vividly.
In some places, you could even see a glimpse of the amazingly deep colors that would have covered the temple thousands of years ago.
We spent about an hour walking around as the light and shadows from the sunset played on the colors of the stones and ancient reliefs. Before this trip, we had never heard of Kom Ombo temple, but we would certainly recommend visiting if you have the opportunity.