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Colossi of Memnon

Thebes, Luxor, Egypt
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Ranked #23 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

We only stopped for 5 minutes on our way back from the valley of the kings/queens, but that was enough to see how amazing these statues are, carved from 1 piece!!! The temple these colossi guarded would be amazing to see, sadly gone now!!!

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The colossi is a great place to stop at for a photo, but the monuments are in rather poor conditions compared to other monuments and temples of a much vaster scale. I would only suggest a 10 minute stop as there isn't really anything else there, other than a small market stall.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

There's not much to these two guys. They're massive. They stand about 60 feet (18 m) tall and make for a very cool picture. I believe they represent Pharaoh Amenhotep III. I think Amenhotep III ruled during a time of great prosperity. He's the father of the controversial Pharaoh Akhenaten. It's hard to spend more than half an hour at... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

it takes just 5 mins to see.... its a shame that there is nothing left of a temple that used to be bigger than luxor temple... still the size of the statues are massive !

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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62 reviews 62 reviews
41 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Had it been any place other than Luxor, this place would have been a major tourist attraction - with the gigantic statues and what not. Sadly, by the time you see this, you will be completely desensitized, having seen the karnacs and luxors and valleys and all. But still, this place is worth a quick stop for taking some photos.... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Although incredibly impressive, Colossi of Memnon is a quick stop off point and you do not need to be there for more than 5 minutes as there is not much to see. The birds have made it a nice home - completely covering the statues and pesky market holders not giving you any time to take it in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

A good stop for ten minutes en route to/from the nearby major sites of the valley of the kings/workers/queens or medinat habu from the Nile. The so-called 'gauntlet' of vendors was probably the most intense here but they are restricted to an area about 20m from the statues. As long as you walk confidently past them with sunglasses to avoid... More

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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

It is well worth a stop and a quick visit. They are right before the ticket office to the Valley of the Kind and are free of charge. If you are on your way to visit the Valley, this will be a nice appetizer of what is next!

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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86 reviews 86 reviews
28 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We stopped off to admire the continuing excavations through binoculars but it was almost impossible to climb out of our car as we were surrounded by young men waving items the expected to sell. I walk with a stick and was jostled. I think the earlier review describing the aggression is exactly right, I have never seen it like this... More

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Got to be seen if only for the size - looking forward to visiting what's behind when the excavations have finished - just imagine this was a gateway and the size is awesome

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