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Monday, November 13, 2006

Day 3: Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan

Horus Temple (237 BC)
It was dedicated to Horus - the falcon god. The temple was much younger than those in Luxor, and the architecture had changed too. The temple was built when Alexandra the Great ruled the country which explained the Greek influence.

Took horse carriage to the temple.

Mud bricks

To Kom Ombo
This is the most relaxed holiday I ever have. We went down a few hours for sightseeing and then returned to the cruise and lazed. This is what a holiday should be, no rush, and do nothing. :D I brought a fiction with me, what else was more appropriate than Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile hehehe... We also brought a laptop that was fully loaded with movies.


Temple of Sobek and Haroeris (332 BC)
This was actually a double temple, dedicated to Sobek - the crocodile god and Horus - the falcon god.

Mummified crocodiles

This well is called Nilometer, it was used to measure how high was the tax need to be paid by the citizens based on the Nile water level. If the water level was high, it meant the agriculture produce would be abundant, and the people needed to pay higher tax.

After the sightseeing, the cruise would sail overnight to Aswan.

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