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Day 5 Aswan - Kom Ombo

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Aswan: Gateway to black Africa, is located on the banks of the Nile. Elephantine Island, which separates the Nile into two channels, has the ruins of the temples of Jnum and Satet and his son Anukis. On this island is also the Nile meter, system used by ancient Egyptians to measure the flooding of the Nile River.

Aswan high dam map
Aswan high dam map

The Aswan Dam was built in 1902 by the British to allow the passage of silt and forming Lake Nasser. In 1962 this dam was replaced by the High Dam that deposited silt on an artificial lake to be necessary in some areas the use of chemical fertilizer. This dam is 111 m. in height, 3.5 m. long and 1 km. wide at the base. The Isle of Kitchener is now a botanical garden where you can contemplate the plants of the Colonial Empire that met Lord Horatio Kitchener at the end of the nineteenth century.

Aswan - Mausoleum of the Aga Khan
Aswan - Mausoleum of the Aga Khan

It is also interesting the island of Philae, which contained a magnificent temple dedicated to Isis, but the flooding of the island by the Aswan Dam for eight months a year made impossible to visit the archaeological remains that finally were rebuilt on the island of Agilika thanks to a major international effort, moving stone by stone temples.

Aswan - Unfinished obelisk
Aswan - Unfinished obelisk

Finally highlights the Aga Khan Mausoleum, where he was buried in 1957 the leader of the Ismaili, and the red granite quarry of Assuan. It retains the unfinished obelisk. Their actions are staggering: 42 meters long and an estimated weight of 1267 tons, exceeding any other ever obelisk erected in the world.

Kom Ombo
Kom Ombo - Pylon

Kom Ombo: It is another of the ancient cities on the banks of the Nile, where there are testimonies of Egyptian culture. The temple is dedicated to the god Sobek (god with a crocodile head and human body) but also are scenes where it appears the goddess Hathor and Haroeris.

Kom Ombo - Temple of Sobek
Kom Ombo - Temple of Sobek

In the temple you can visit the Chapel of Hathor where were met many mummies of crocodiles. Currently there are only a couple of them exposed in the camera, inside a glass case, but may look like embalming techniques for mummification allowed to retain the body. Here you can see another Nile meter, a pit about seven or eight meters in diameter, which could reflect the level of floodwaters from the river.


 

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