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Colossi of Memnon

Thebes, Luxor, Egypt
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Ranked #28 of 47 Attractions in Luxor
Type: Ancient Ruins, Monuments/ Statues, Cultural
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Owner description: Two enthroned statues of Amenhotep III, each soaring more than 60 feet into the sky, are the first monuments visitors see on arriving in the West Bank.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

They're okay, but compared to other temples in the area somewhat disappointing. They are huge and have been rebuilt from pieces that have been found. Have your driver stop by and take a quick snap!

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Banbury
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

We visited Memnon en route to our hotel after visiting the Valley of the Kings. Actually watched the archeologists rebuilding the Colossi. They are using the same methods of moving the stones with wooden rollers and rope winches. Quite a spectacle to watch.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

If you go by yourself then you will see 3 status! With a guide its still three but a bit more history to them. They are still here after 3000 + years and they are still discovering tombs in the distance, but now people have built house over them, so they have to move at some point. I think if... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

These statues are in quite a bad state of repair but it is incredible to see the size of them. They are right next to the road and quite nice for a quick photo stop.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

It turns out these are large statues in a field, there used to be a temple but it has disappeared. We just stopped, took a quick photo and left. Not worth much of a visit unless you are in the area.

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South East England, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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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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