The temple at Kom Ombo is about 30 miles (48 km) north of Aswan and was built during the Graeco-Roman period (332 BC-AD 395).
The name Kom Ombo (the ancient Greek settlement of Ombos) comes from the Ancient Egyptian word nubt which means City Of Gold. The town is located in the mouth of an old wadis which lead to the regions in which gold was mined. The temple of Kom Ombo is located upon a hilllock at the ancient site of Ombos which has been occupied from prehistoric times.
A feature of the temples features is a double row of doors leading to a double sanctuary. The Northern half is dedicated to the falcon god Harwer, or Horus The Elder. The Southern half is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek. The two gods are accompanied by their families. Harwers wife Tesentnefet (The Good Sister) and son panebtawy (Lord Of The Two Lands). Sobeks consort Hathor and son Khonsu.
The Southern half develops the theme of the king entering the temple, followed by spirits bearing the produce of the Land of Egypt.
On the inner face of the second enclosure is a unique illustration of surgical instruments.
Sobek wears a crown of double plumes which rest on horizontal, curved ramís horns. A sun disk sits at the center base of the plumes, and uraei (rearing cobras) rest on each side.
The Cairo International Airport (IATA: CAI, ICAO: HECA) is the busiest airport in Egypt and is located to the north-east of the city around 15 km from the business area of the city.
Cairo International is the second busiest airport in Africa with over 65 airlines using the Cairo airport (including charter airlines) and 9 cargo airlines. With the assimilation of EgyptAir into Star Alliance in July 2008 the airport has the potential to be a major hub with its positioning between Africa, the Middle East and Europe. In 2008, the airport served 14,360,175 passengers and it is one of the top 100 airports in the world.
The airport handles both domestic and international flights, and is open 24 hours a day.
We suggest flying into Cairo and staying in one of their many fine hotels when touring Cairo and the ruins in the surrounding areas.
We have links on this page that will connect you with flights into Cairo and several of the best hotels in Cairo.
A second option is to fly directly to Aswan.
The Aswan International Airport (IATA: ASW, ICAO: HESN), also known as Daraw Airport, is the airport located in Aswan, Egypt. You can arrange flights directly to Aswan, If you wish.
A third option is to fly directly to Luxor.
Luxor International Airport (IATA: LXR, ICAO: HELX) is the main airport serving the city of Luxor, Egypt. It is located about four miles (6km) east of the city.
Many charter airlines use the airport, as it is a popular tourist destination for those visiting the River Nile and the Valley of the Kings.
After getting a flight and a hotel we suggest asking your hotel concierge to arrange either a car or a tour of Karnak, Luxor, Aswan, or the Cairo area. If you call their Concierge Services ahead of your arrival, all of this can be pre-arranged for you.
We do this when traveling in Egypt. It is safe and it works!!! We have never experienced a problem, doing it this way!
Therefore, we have placed links to Priceline.com on this page so you can arrange your flights into and out of Karnak, Luxor, Aswan, or the Cairo area; as well as your hotel, when visiting this area.
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