Kom Ombo Temple

Sunset Visit to Egypt’s Kom Ombo Temple

Some posts on this site contain affiliate links, meaning if you book or buy something through one of these links, we may earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you).

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.

Ra, the sun god at Kom Ombo temple

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.

Reliefs at Kom Ombo temple
Pharaoh relief at Kom Ombo temple

In some places, you could even see a glimpse of the amazingly deep colors that would have covered the temple thousands of years ago.

Carvings at Kom Ombo temple
Pharaoh at Kom Ombo temple

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.

Relief at Kom Ombo temple

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.