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High on a hill overlooking the Nile stands the Temple of Kom-Ombo about 45 kilometers north of Aswan. The work for the actual temple began under Ptolemy VI Philometor in the early Second Century BC. Outer and  inner hypostyle halls were built during the reign of Ptolemy XIII.
The outer wall and part of the court were built during the time of Augustus after 30BC. Several tombs dating back to the Old Kingdom have been found in the vicinity of Kom-Ombo village.

The Kom-Ombo Temple is built as a double temple, one dedicated  to Sobek and one to Haroeris. In ancient times sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the Nile river banks nearby. The temple is known for the picturing of ancient  medical instruments and for the display of mummyfied crocodiles.

Everything in this temple is duplicated along the main axis. There are two entrances, two courts, two colonnades, two hypostyle halls and two sanctuaries. The left side is dedicated to Haroeris (sometimes called Harer, Horus the Elder), the falcon headed sky god, and the right to Sobek (the crocodile headed god). The two gods are accompanied by their families, Haroeris’ wife named Tesentnefert, meaning the good sister and his son, Panebtawy. Sobek likewise is accompanied by his consort, wife Hathor and son Khonsu.

The foundation is all that is left of the original Pylon. Beyond the Pylon there was a  staircase in the court once leading to the roof terrace. The court has a columned portico and central altar. Scenes of the king leaving his palace escorted by his nobles and a purification scene give an insight how life was in ancient times . On either side of the door are columns inscribed with icons of Lotus (south) and Papyrus (north) symbolizing the “two lands” of Egypt.
In the southwest corner stands one column that does not echo the duality of the temple.  Engraved are scenes depicting the purification of the King, his coronation and his consecration of the temple. The ceiling has astronomical images. The hypostyle hall has papyrus capitals on the pillars. Here an inventory tells of sacred places in Egypt, about the gods of main towns and the local and national festivals.

In the anti-chamber several pictures of goddess Seshat show the beginning of the temple building followed by a scene of the completed temple with the king throwing natron in a purification ceremony. 

Statues of the gods and the builders of the temple once occupied the room just before the sanctuaries. The ceiling of the place to the north still remains with an image of Nut.

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