Kom OmboKom Ombo
is an agricultural town in Egypt
famous for its temple. It was originally a Greek settlement called Ombos, from the Egyptian 'nubt', meaning City of Gold. The town's location on the Nile 50 km
north of Aswan
gave it some control over trade routes from Nubia
to the Nile Valley, but its main rise to prominence came with the erection of the temple in the 2nd century BC
Today, irrigated sugar cane and corn account for most of the agricultural industry.
Most of the 60,000 villagers are native Egyptians although there is a large population of Nubians who were displaced from their land upon the creation of Lake Nasser.
- See also: Temple of Kom Ombo