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Colossi of Memnon

Thebes, Luxor, Egypt
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Ranked #26 of 48 Attractions in Luxor
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Ancient Ruins
Traveler Description: Two enthroned statues of Amenhotep III, each soaring more than 60 feet into the sky, are the first monuments visitors see upon arrival at the West... more »
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The South Coast
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The two colossi are now joined by two further recently excavated statutes of Amenhotep III, one is set further back between the two colossi. This is a seated statute similar to the two colossi, the fourth is a standing statue which is a short drive away at the rear of the site. You can see it on the right hand... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Possibly impressive in it's day prior to the destruction of the mortuary temple of Amenophis III, but now not really worth having to put up with the hassle from the traders. If passing it's worth stopping for long enough to take a photograph.

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Bucharest
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Colossi of Memnon is not that impressive, but many people when hearing the word 'Colossi' think of the huge statues at Abu Simbel - apparently it's a quite common mistake. So, if you take a tour and it stops there, fine. Otherwise it's not really worth stopping. The merchants will be all over you and all you can really do... More

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Bucharest
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Nowadays all that's left are two giant statues, 20m tall, in the middle of a green field. Once there was a temple behind them, lost to an earthquake. Though it may seem simple, it's a sight that is worth a stop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

It is worthwhile asking your taxi or tour guide to stop past these statues on your way to/from more substantial activities on the West Bank. The size of the statues is impressive, and the background of mountains makes for some beautiful photos. The statues sit on the side of the road, and there is little else around them other than... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The first thing we saw in Egypt, in hindsight not as amazing as the temples, pyramids or sphinx. But if in the area definitely worth a visit. Won't take long to see as it's only a couple of statues of Amenhotep III which are the remains of his temple.

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Seal Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The Colossi have been partially repaired after many centuries of damage. Pretty simple layout but as I recall there were active archaeological sites being worked in the immediate vicinity. Did not try to visit those as was in a group but the very curious and adventurous might be able to nose in to see what was going on..probably helps if... More

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

In the past there was a huge temple located in this area but only 3 monuments survived until now. Are they spectular? - well, yes of course but if you think that this is a place where you will wander around a remaints of ancient civilization - you will be dissapointed. Probably you need just 10 minutes to take a... More

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Brighton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

It is amazing that these two statues are still standing after all these years. A little weather worn over the years, but well worth a visit, just to see the craftmanship of the work

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A very quick off the coach to see the Colossi of Memnon. The iconic two guards are sat alone - there is nothing else around. The are still impressive. They were found in pieces and have been restored hence you will see the metal supports holding them together where bits are missing. Still an iconic photo.

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