Colossi of Memnon, Luxor

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Gaze up at Colossi of Memnon, two huge stone structures depicting the pharaoh Amenhotep III. Originally standing at the entrance of the pharaoh's mortuary temple (now destroyed), the quartzite sandstone colossi were constructed in the 14th century BCE. They depict the pharaoh in a seated position, with his wife and mother at his feet, and the Nile god Hapy on side panels. Standing 21 m (69 ft) tall, the pair of monumental statues preside over the west bank of the Nile, becoming the source of much fascination in classical times when an earthquake shattered one of the colossi and it began to emit a mysterious sound--thought by several Roman emperors to bring good luck if you hear it. Plan to visit Colossi of Memnon and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Luxor attractions using our Luxor journey website.
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  • The Colossi of Memnon are an easy stop on the way to or from the west bank of the Nile. It is worth a quick stop to see them, but given all the other wonders of Egypt they were not as impressive as I....  more »
  • These two huge quartz monoliths depict the pharaoh sitting on his throne and are all that remains of the Temple of Amenhotep III. It is worth a quick picture stop on the way to Valley of the Kings...  more »
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  • Fabulous experience in Egypt. We were going to self guide but changed our minds and hired a local guide to take us through. Very glad we did. We came away with a greater understanding of the history of this place. To get the most out of it we suggest that you do the same.
  • Great place, one has to see! Great team of archaeologists working there. Marvelous results and findings.
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