Photo Journal Kom Ombo Temple – Egypt

(Day 2 Nile Cruise) Kom Ombo Temple-This temple is unusual in that it is two combined. One side is dedicated to Sobek (crocodile god) and the other to Haroeris (Horus the Elder)

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The roof of each section of the temple gets lower and lower as you walk through. Standing outside looking in, the effect is like looking at the vanishing point on the horizon. Only the priests were allowed in the interior. Regular folks could come into the courtyard only during festivals.

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There were two ways Egyptians created reliefs – they either carved the forms into the stone (sunken) or they drew out their forms and carved the surrounding rock away (raised)–like in the photo above. The raised reliefs are much harder to create.

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Priests’ Calendar – knowledge meant power and they jealously guarded their secrets.

Our guide’s description of the calendar.

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Some colors are still visible; it must have been quite a sight to see the temple in its fully painted glory.

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Vultures symbolize protection

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Cooling off back onboard and ready to cruise on to Edfu.

(The pool water was FREEZING!!!)

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