Temple of Kom Ombo
Temple of Kom Ombo
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Construction of this imposing Graeco-Roman temple was begun by Ptolemy VI Philometer in the 2nd century.
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  • Lucian M
    Constanta, Romania2,477 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An atypical temple
    The Temple of Kom Ombo is very close to the bank of the Nile, we walked. At 4pm, however, the heat of the sun feels heavy and the movement is unpleasant. Kom Ombo in Arabic means pile of gold. I don't know how much gold was here in antiquity. The city, however, remained famous for its temple. The temple was built during the Ptolemaic period, between 180 and 47 BC and is totally atypical compared to the others built before it. It is a double temple, built ”in a mirror”. Along the east-west axis, on either side, there are the same number of rooms, corridors. The southern part of the temple is dedicated to God Sobek, the crocodile god, god of fertility and creator of the world along with two other deities, Hathor and Khonsu, while the northern part is dedicated to God Haroeris who is none other than Horus the Elder. A lot of things the guide told us in front of the reliefs in different areas of the temple, but not being familiar with Egyptian mythology not much remain in my memory. However, there are two special aspects here that I remembered: on one of the walls of the temple there is a relief with the calendar of festivals. Based on it, it was possible to identify how the ancient Egyptians kept the calendar and how they marked important events. On another wall is a relief depicting a surgical kit. The tools out there aren't very different from today's ... or perhaps it would have been more appropriate to say the opposite.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 20 August 2023
  • must_travel_soon_10
    Mississauga, Canada1,806 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique
    This temple is very convenient for river boat cruisers, as it's a short walk away. Temple is moderately well preserved and is a tribute to the crocodile god, Sobek. Mummified crocodile museum is definitely unique.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 November 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas5,089 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Temple to the crocodile god Sobek
    My wife and I visited the Temple of Kom Ombo on a stop during our cruise on the Nile River this past December. It is located midway from Luxor to Aswan and is located very near to the river. It is only a short walk from the boat to the temple. The temple is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek. Admission to the crocodile museum is included in the entry ticket to the temple. The “vultures” are particularly bad at this location. The “vultures” are the kids and the hawkers trying to sell things. They are very persistent here.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 November 2023
  • Arthur M
    Hamilton, Canada1,498 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The perfect example of a half-and-half temple!
    This temple honours two gods, the falcon god Horus and the crocodile god Sobek! You can also see original colours in this temple which stood the test of time! The falcon half has intact ceilings and the crocodile half also has mummified crocodiles shown at the exhibit! Also of note were scribbles at the temple ground by the kids of the workers. That was actually interesting to know!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 November 2023
  • Binal Doshi
    79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited at night!
    This site mentions that the temple is open till 5 pm. However, we visited from 7:30 - 8:30. Disembarked the ship (SS Sudan) and walked right into it! That more than anything else, is what we found strange and delightful. Tbh, we were getting a bit overwhelmed with the temples at this point, but nevertheless it does have a wonderful architecture. And also the mummified crocodiles, how can I forget!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 December 2023
  • Claude M
    Vence, France958 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Temple and mummified crocodiles exhibit
    The temple of Kom Ombo is dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god. The complex follows the classic layout of Egyptian antique temples, with the crocodile being omnipresent in the stories depicted. At the end of the tour, a small museum show an amazing exhibit of mummified crocodiles.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 January 2024
  • betteskid
    Boston, Massachusetts1,328 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting temple -
    We really enjoyed stopping at this temple. The place is in quite good condition and we happened to be visiting close to sunset and it is beautiful at this time of day. The mummified crocodiles in the museum were also worth seeing.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 February 2024
  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia1,489 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dual temple to Horus and Sobek (the crocodile god)
    I visited the Greco-Roman riverside temple of Kom Ombo on a Nile cruise on the Ashranda Nebyt Dahabiya. We moored, walked the gangplank and easily accessed the temple. Kom Ombo is a dual temple with symmetrical side by side entrances, halls and sanctuaries honouring Horus the Elder and Sobek the crocodile god. It has a similar layout, though smaller, to the temples of Edfu and Dendara with a large gate and pylon. Of special interest is the surgical instruments scene explained by a placard and the deep circular Nileometer with curved steps going down. There is some nice colour on the underside of the partially roofed colonnades. The river bank location is very pretty. We also visited the attached Crocodile Museum with its displays of mummified crocodiles on our way out.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 April 2024
  • Robert D
    4,185 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    See the fascinating inscriptions
    The Temple of Kom Ombo dates from the 2nd-1st century BC and is symmetrical. One side is devoted to the god Sobek and the other side to the god Horus. The wall inscriptions are fascinating. In one scene, Horus and Isis are anointing the king. Another of the walls has an agricultural calendar, with the days numbered. Still another inscription features surgical instruments. It dates from the 2nd century AD. How many can you recognize? Kom Ombo Temple looks beautiful in the late afternoon sunlight.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 May 2024
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Randburg
Randburg, South Africa364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Our guide explained this temple is the only one in Egypt dedicated to two gods, being Horus (Falcon god) and Sebek (Crocodile god).

Nicely preserved and one can also include the compact crocodile museum which is located very close by.
Written 30 June 2024
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Emmanuel V
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
A great day out to Kom Ombo temple. Mohamed Atty provided great information throughout the tour, very happy and highly recommend him and this site.
Written 22 June 2024
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Lori P
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Our guide, Mohamed Atty, was very knowledgeable. It was interesting learn about the double temple, the calendar, and all of the medical knowledge the ancient Egyptians possessed.
Written 8 June 2024
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York4,185 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The Temple of Kom Ombo dates from the 2nd-1st century BC and is symmetrical. One side is devoted to the god Sobek and the other side to the god Horus. The wall inscriptions are fascinating. In one scene, Horus and Isis are anointing the king. Another of the walls has an agricultural calendar, with the days numbered. Still another inscription features surgical instruments. It dates from the 2nd century AD. How many can you recognize? Kom Ombo Temple looks beautiful in the late afternoon sunlight.
Written 8 May 2024
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia1,489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I visited the Greco-Roman riverside temple of Kom Ombo on a Nile cruise on the Ashranda Nebyt Dahabiya. We moored, walked the gangplank and easily accessed the temple. Kom Ombo is a dual temple with symmetrical side by side entrances, halls and sanctuaries honouring Horus the Elder and Sobek the crocodile god. It has a similar layout, though smaller, to the temples of Edfu and Dendara with a large gate and pylon. Of special interest is the surgical instruments scene explained by a placard and the deep circular Nileometer with curved steps going down. There is some nice colour on the underside of the partially roofed colonnades. The river bank location is very pretty. We also visited the attached Crocodile Museum with its displays of mummified crocodiles on our way out.
Written 3 April 2024
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cdandoy
Gilbert, AZ1,258 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Another amazing temple. Walked right off the cruise and it took minutes to access. Beautiful! Outward carving techniques, calendar/number system carving , medical instrument carving, the well, and more. Really enjoyed. Crocodile Museum next door.
Written 14 March 2024
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Something Tookish
Cheyenne, WY3,672 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
A well preserved temple complex. Some of the interesting reliefs are the counting and calendar systems and surgical instruments. There is the crocodile museum associated with the temple you can visit.
Written 8 March 2024
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betteskid
Boston, MA1,328 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We really enjoyed stopping at this temple. The place is in quite good condition and we happened to be visiting close to sunset and it is beautiful at this time of day. The mummified crocodiles in the museum were also worth seeing.
Written 26 February 2024
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TripRabbit
Virginia444 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This was the sixth temple we visited, and it is easy to begin wondering at that point if you are getting “templed out”, but as with all the others, there are unique features that make for a meaningful visit. Kom Ombo is dedicated to two gods, so among other things, there two entrances, two halls and two sanctuaries. Unique among the many temples we saw, one of those gods is Sobek, the crocodile god, so you will see many carvings with crocodile heads -- and crocodile mummies in the temple’s museum. The other god honored is Horus, associated in with medicine and healing, and among the many inscriptions to be found here are some fascinating ones depicting medical and surgical tools of the time; these may be the oldest such depictions to be found anywhere in the world. Others we found most unusual including those showing the ancient Egyptian calendar. As always, a visit here is much more rewarding when you have a guide who can direct you to the most interesting and unusual features. Even if you have seen temples that are bigger, older or in better condition, Kom Ombo should not be missed.
Written 18 February 2024
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Claude M
Vence, France958 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
The temple of Kom Ombo is dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god. The complex follows the classic layout of Egyptian antique temples, with the crocodile being omnipresent in the stories depicted.

At the end of the tour, a small museum show an amazing exhibit of mummified crocodiles.
Written 29 January 2024
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