Egypt — Kom Ombo

The Temple of Kom Ombo is an unusual double temple built during the Ptolemaic dynasty. Some additions to it were later made during the Roman period. The building is unique because its ‘double’ design meant that there were courts, halls, sanctuaries and rooms duplicated for two sets of gods. The southern half of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, god of fertility, while the northern temple was dedicated to the falcon god Horus. The temple is atypical because everything is perfectly symmetrical along the main axis. The temple was started by Ptolemy VI (180-145 BC) at the beginning of his reign and added to by other Ptolemys, most notably Ptolemy XIII (51-47 BC), who built the inner and outer hypostyle halls.

Photos taken December 2010 (Fuji FinePix S9000).

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