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Kom Ombo

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Kom Ombo (كوم أمبو) 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.

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