Kom Ombo

Nagoa Ash Shatb, Markaz Deraw

Known as the twin temples, the Kom Ombo temples are dedicated to the Crocodile God Sobek, who was the God of Fertility and the Creator of the World and—to the Falcon God Haroeis—known as Horus the Elder. The temple, which is located about 24 miles north of Aswan, was built mainly during the Ptolemiac and Roman eras (332 BC-395 AD) and features a succession of chapels and corridors. The crocodile god, Sobek, was worshipped here in the form of live crocodiles. One of the highlights of the hieroglyphic discoveries made here comes from the depictions of childbirth including cartouches featuring the surgical tools that reveal just how sophisticated the medical care was in the period. (Even more impressive are the medicinal prescriptions.) At the exit, there is a small museum featuring the mummified crocodiles from the temple. Contact Indagare to arrange a tour.

Written by Melissa Biggs Bradley

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