Egypt, An Unforgettable Trip: Aswan and Kom Ombo.


untitled  Isis temple
Temple of Philae (Isis)


The third day of visits.

After a relaxing night at the cruise, we got up early to take advantage of the breakfast. Before I say anything else, I have to say that, although the boat was old, the room was super comfortable, and the food was exquisite.

The day was filled with places to visit, so we started going early.Our first stop was the Granite Quarries. There, they show us how the stones were cut and shaped before being transported. Also, there is an unfinished obelisk. The Obelisk was not finished because the rock cracked. If you believed in the theory that the ancient Egyptians did not build the pyramid and the Temple, there you will be convinced of your point. It is almost impossible to imagine that those rocks were moved by human and transported to places far away.

The next stop was the Aswan High Dam. Since the dam is such a strategic point, the military presence was noticeable. There, they explain to us how and why the dam was built. It was nice to see it, but I did not go all the way to Egypt to see a modern structure. I was interested in the ancient buildings, so after a few pictures, we were driven to our next location, the Philae Temple.

After a short ride, we got to a place where there were plenty of water taxis.  Since the temple is on a small island, it was necessary to take a boat. It was not a long boat ride. We got to Aglika Island, and an impressive temple was waiting for us to see.


on the water taxi


The temple was the center of the cult of the goddess Isis. In a room where the image of Isis was supposed to be before being stolen, they was a circle of girls praying. There are many figures of the ancient god with defacement because the Christians used to use this temple as a church. It was a suffocating day; the sun was burning hot.


temple from the water taxi (1 of 1)
the temple from the water taxi


luis at Isis temple  (1 of 1)



We headed to the cruise to eat lunch and rest a little. In the early hours of the afternoon, the cruise sailed to Kom Ombo. After a voyage of close to two hours, we got to Kom Ombo. The temple was located a two-minute walk away from the ship dock. It was a temple of Sobek, the crocodile god. That was the only temple that I did not like much. Next to the temple was a little museum where there were plenty of crocodile mummies. Before getting back to the ship, I spent time watching the breathtaking sunset over the Nile.

Temple of Sobek at Kom Ombo (1 of 1)
Sobek temple, the crocodile god

Sunset over the Nile (1 of 1)IMG_5317 2


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