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“Temple of Medicine Practice”
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Temple of Kom Ombo
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Owner description: Construction of this imposing Graeco-Roman temple was begun by Ptolemy VI Philometer in the 2nd century.
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The cruise ship will pull right up along side of this temple. It is a short walk to the gates from the ship. Their are a few aggressive vendors (touts) trying desperately to make a living by holding out items to sell. Bargain to buy if interested otherwise the trick is to ignore them, become deeply engrossed in conversation with your partner or with your smartphone (think celebrity avoiding paparazzi).

This temple is dedicated to Sobek the crocodile headed god and has some great carvings on the temple as well as a nilometer (well pit) that would house a crocodile in Pharaonic times. The temple is also in honor of Horus the falcon headed god making it the only dual god temple. But what is really intriguing about this temple is that it housed a number of smaller cells (rooms) just in back of the temple where people would come to see medical practitioners. Etched into the walls you will find reliefs of medical tools ranging from scissors to bandages, as well as forceps, pliers and surgical knives. Most of which look the same in shape as they would today in modern medical practice.

There is also a great example of a hieroglyphic calendar. But my favourite to search for was a small, well-known carving relief of a women squatting to give birth.

There is a small museum located here with mummified crocodiles.

The temple takes about an hour to walk through and like all places now in Egypt is very safe, inexpensive given the strength of our dollar in comparison to the Egyptian pound, and devoid of most tourists as they all stay away from Egypt under the misinformation that it is dangerous. Trust me it is a lot safer than London or Paris. Do not miss out on this little temple - it is a gem, as is the rest of Egypt!

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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

This temple is really interesting because it's shared by Sobek and Horus the elder. Horus had forgiven Sobek of his crimes and in return shared the right half of his temple with him.

When looking directly at the temple you will notice that it is completely symmetrical. Left is for Horus and right is for Sobek. Something cool about this temple as well is that it is completely level. If your guide has. Level he could show you. How did the ancients do that?!

This is the first time up the nile that you will see well preserved hieroglyphs of Sobek without his head bashed off which is great too. This temple has many glyphs with surgical instruments and how to heal which is also something you maybe not have seen going down the nile in other temples.

This temple also includes the two wells with still working water filtration through a stone layer. Although the nile had to rise to fill it and that had not happened in many years. There however is still water in the larger well.

Something interesting about the court pillars is the paint. You can see where the nile used to rise to by looking up.

Definitely worth it to see this temple.

Afterwards stroll down the hill to the crocodile mummy museum which is included in your ticket. Lots of huge mummified crocs in there and it's air conditions. Yay

Thank nalbrecht12
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Reviewed 2 August 2017

I liked the view of the temple, it's not that big but the walls with different ancient egyptian gods was so nice to see.

Thank Dina Z
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Reviewed 2 July 2017

Step right off the boat to the temple. Evidence of the first calendar. This was the most crowded Temple due to all the boats arriving at the same time:)

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Reviewed 25 June 2017

Smaller than most other temples. Nice at night, with a well to throw rocks into, and the Croc museum is worth a look.

Thank sherrie391
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