Hey there, fellow adventurers! Today we're exploring some of Egypt's most astounding treasures on this epic Egyptian journey. Fasten your seatbelts, and let's dive in!
Today requires us to travel by small boat to both a temple and a village, so we are getting a variety of experience. First up we sail to our first temple of the day, the Philae Temple, nestled on an idyllic island in the Nile. The Temple of Isis is unique in that it showcases a harmonious blend of Greek, Roman, and Egyptian architecture. Meandering through courtyards and interior we're enveloped by the echoes of ancient tales.
After visiting the temple, we again board our little boat and again set sail and head out for the welcoming arms of the Nubian Village. A vivid medley of hues greets us upon arrival. The village enchants us with its kaleidoscope of brightly colored houses, narrow streets, and thriving art scene. As we leave our boat, there is music greeting up from the first step onto the sand until we make our way up to the village. Our group sings and dances with the local folks as we taste the local goods and maybe even buy a few items to take along home.
Later, it’s the Double-Temple of Kom-Ombo is a unique temple located in Upper Egypt, just a short distance from the Nile River. The temple is dedicated to two gods: Sobek, the crocodile-headed god, and Horus, the falcon-headed god. What makes this temple so fascinating is that it is divided in half, with one side dedicated to Sobek and the other to Horus. Each half has its own temple, with its own courtyards, halls, and shrines. The unique aspect of the temple being split in half was designed so that worshippers could worship both gods at the same time. This temple has a beautiful structure with columns, pillars, walls decorated with colorful hieroglyphics, and illustrations from ancient Egyptian history and mythology.
One of the standout features of the temple is the collection of mummified crocodiles that can be found on the site. That’s right—Mummified crocodiles! These are believed to be offerings to the god Sobek, who is associated with the Nile crocodile. If you are ever traveling to Egypt, the Double-Temple of Kom-Ombo is a destination that shouldn't be missed.