Egypt - March 2004

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At dusk on our first full day we arrive at Kom Ombo. By the time we get ashore to visit the Temple it is spectacularly lit up. Good for viewing, not so good for my photographic skills – or lack of them.

  Back on board we sleep as Le Scribe travels upriver overnight, reaching Aswan in the early hours. Day two and we are up early visiting the High Dam, Philae Temple and the Unfinished Obelisk in an Aswan quarry.

Kom Ombo Temple at dusk Ptolemy VI began the Temple around 180BC It was completed during Roman times
Unusually it is dedicated to two Gods, Sobek and Horus the Elder Sobek the crocodile God Papyrus and Lotus capital columns
Many of the reliefs are well preserved The remains of the Hypostyle Hall A stone bearing refiefs of Horus and Sobek
Back on the boat our cleaner has been busy After Kom Ombo we travelled overnight...and woke up at Aswan Across the river, the Tombs of the Nobles
Aswan, the obligatory visit to the High Dam Otherwise known as the Nasser Pyramid Me and Lake Nasser
The Monument commemorating the Russian assistance Reminds me a bit of the film 'Contact" An awesome tribute to concrete engineering
Would still be dwarfed by the Great Pyramid Thunderbirds are GO! Our next visit - Philae Temple
Philae was one of 16 Temples moved because of the Dam So many of the reliefs in Egypt were defaced during the period of Christian Iconoclasm Isis and Horus (wearing the dual crown of Upper and Lower Egypt)
Like most sites Philae gets busy Philae Temple The Roman Kiosk of Emporer Trajan
Easy to forget it was all moved here Back in Aswan  the unfinished Obelisk Rejected because of a fault

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