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Colossi of Memnon

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Colossi of Memnon

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DEK_29 wrote a review Sep 2020
Brisbane, Australia993 contributions1,024 helpful votes
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At the time of my first visit in 2010, the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities had undertaken a dig in the location behind the colossi and had found dozens of statues, including a red granite double statue featuring Amenhotep III with the falcon-headed sun god Re-Horakhti. In fact I saw a documentary last year that showed more than twelve statues some of which were five metres high. Another was in pieces and would be at least as large as the colossi. With this dig going on, access to the back of the colossi is still curtailed. The Colossi of Memnon, sculptured and built for Amenhotep III (known as Amenhotep the Magnificent and father to Akhenaten) are an imposing duo. I'm 1.9 metres tall and these statues are huge compared to me (have a look at the photographs to see the size comparison). Originally set in front of Amenhotep’s vast mortuary temple which was said to be 100 meters wide and 600 meters long. It only takes a short time to photograph these great statues. However while I was there, I pondered on the idea that these remnants of a by-gone era have stood there for four millennia gazing across the fields towards Thebes while the ground level steadily grew. When visiting these silent sentinels, stop, photograph and think, I’m sure Amenhotep would appreciate it. Tip: Watch the 1966 movie Khartoum which has a fantastic opening showing what Egypt was like back in the 1880s and in pharaonic times. It shows the landscape around the colossi flooded as it did every yer during the time of the Pharaohs.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Linda Y wrote a review Apr 2020
Frisco, Texas3,624 contributions768 helpful votes
These massive statues, completed in 1350 BC, were designed to be twin guardians of the Temple of Amenhotep III. Unfortunately, the temple was built on the Nile flood plain. As a result of erosion from the annual flooding of the Nile and looting by successive pharaohs, little remains of the temple except for the faceless, and badly damaged, statues. Still, it’s worth a quick stop here just to admire their sheer size. Standing 60 ft (18 m) tall, each statue was cut from a single block of stone and weighs 1000 tons. The name originated from the Greeks and Romans who mistakenly thought the statues were a tribute to Memnon, an Ethiopian king that was a hero of the Trojan war. Word of warning about the touts located by the statues. They aggressively crowded around the bus as we got off. By the way, there is a colossal head of Amenhotep III in the Luxor Museum that is in pristine condition.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Helen M wrote a review Apr 2020
Windsor, Canada19 contributions7 helpful votes
Stopping here was short but well worth standing in the presence of such amazing statues. I felt like I had taken a step back in time. Not a long stop but worth it
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Date of experience: March 2020
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shapgo wrote a review Apr 2020
Hartsdale, New York1,039 contributions434 helpful votes
These are two 64 -foot high statues that once guarded the gates of a mortuary temple. They were built for Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Lots of erosion but the size is daunting. Good photo op.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Mario Math wrote a review Apr 2020
Quebec City, Canada1,587 contributions6,895 helpful votes
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These colossal statutes are only worth a short stop to take photos. They are really impressive and it's worth the detour!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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