We sailed off from Gebel Silsila to Kom Ombo double temple, where we made our glorious stop for a tour in that old town's piles of gold.
Dedicated to two gods in a city that was named after gold in the Greco Roman settlement where it shows in the temple's structure and architecture. It is an outdoor temple that was built in ptolemaic dynasty in Kom Ombo City, an old town of ancient Egypt.
The entrance takes you to double gateways, the right side of the temple is mainly dedicated to god Sobek, the god of crocodiles and his wife, the goddess of Hathor; while the left side to Horus the elder, the god of victory and the good doctor.
The temple was known for its healing powers, thus, was a pretty known pilgrimage site at the time until the temple developed a sanctuary for many patients who were sick and sought treatment and help from the priests.
Since at that time people worshipped crocodiles so they used to present it as offerings in the temple. After crossing the gate there is a museum, a room that was originally dedicated to goddess Hathor which is now used to display mummified crocodiles that was discovered within the territory of the temple.
Unfortunately, at the outer courts, the Nile water floods and earthquakes left us traces of old ruins of the temple. Moreover, the temple was used as a church in later coptic times.
The Oldest Calendar:
Interestingly, you’ll find the oldest calendar ever made in Egypt, with a calculation of three seasons divided into planting, flood & harvest.
Medical & Surgery Tools:
The most fascinating wall is found at the back of the temple, you’ll see that pharoahs actually excelled in medicine and surgical operations before we even knew anything at all about anatomy and biological studies. The wall is actually covered with so many tools that we use today in surgery equipment.
A Deep Well
Actually, it is something that looks like a deep well but it wasn't! In fact, it was used as a Nilometer to measure the water levels each season.
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