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About Kom Ombo

Kom Ombo is a small agricultural town in Egypt. Located north of Aswan, it is known for its Temple of Kom Ombo, an unusual double temple. The temple is dedicated to both the falcon-headed god Horus and the crocodile god Sobek, a fertility deity. Great care was taken to ensure that the temple is perfectly symmetrical and equal honor is given to each of the two gods. The temple was constructed by a series of Ptolemaic pharaohs, from Ptolemy VI to Ptolemy XIII. Much of it has suffered from the effects of Nile flooding and earthquakes, and pieces of it have been scavenged for use in other construction projects, but a restoration effort was completed in the 1890s and it is very interesting to visit. It is possible to view a few of the 300 or so mummified crocodiles that have been discovered in the area.

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