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Colossi of Memnon, Luxor

#6 of 30 in Historic Sites in Luxor
Monument · Ruin
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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  • In comparison to the other landmarks I visit, this was underwhelming. We stopped for a quick visit and photos and that was good enough  more »
  • Impressive but so many other things more impressive to see on the West bank. Obviously the damage they suffered from earthquakes also factors into play.  more »
  • 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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