After visiting Philae Temple, our next stop was Kom Ombo Temple and the nearby Crocodile Museum, which are located about 30 miles down the Nile from Aswan, which means north of Aswan as the Nile flows south to north, something that was hard for me to get used to.
I never got tired of seeing the Egyptian men in their galabias, but I did get REALLY tired of the videographer who followed us wherever we went.
However, it looks a lot better now:
Places like these require selfies. Some day I'm probably going to have a hard time believing I stood among these ancient ruins. Actually I have a hard time believing it already!
Numerous truncated pillars suggest what a magnificent structure this once was:
Touches of the original paint colors can be seen in areas protected from the weather:
The underside of the lintel above still has brightly colored vultures backed by blue sky:
There are less dramatic touches of color in many other places:
Hieroglyphics cover every inch of space:
The ankh, or "cross with a handle" is a common symbol throughout Egypt. It is also known as "the breath of life" or "key of the Nile":
I must have taken the picture below on Horus's side of the temple. See him there on the right at the end of the relief where our guide's flag is pointed?
Note that both figures are holding an ankh:
Whoa. Is that BOTH Horus and Sobek on the same panel facing the Pharaoh? And why are there TWO Horuses, one wearing the sundisk crown and one with the crown of Upper Egypt? By the way, check out Sobek's unique crown of ram's horns (did he eat the ram?), a sundisk, and feathered plumes.
I have a feeling that it would take a lifetime of study to be able to interpret these intricate images.
I do better understanding simple building blocks:
Maybe his block completes one of these headless figures:
The crocodile carcasses, bandages removed, look like they might reach out and bite your head off just for fun:
. . . including mini-crocs to play with when they got bored:
Coming next: Edfu Temple--our third Egyptian temple in a single day!