Colossi of Memnon, Luxor

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    The Collossi of Memnon

    by kenmerk Written Jan 4, 2004

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    One of the Colossi of Memnon...

    The colossi of Memnon are two hugh statues that sit on the west bank of the Nile near Luxor. They once guarded a large temple complex that was neaby...

    On a clear day, (and most every day is a clear day around here) makes a great photo op, with the lush green Nile valley in the foreground, and tombs visible up in the barren mountains in the background...

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    COLOSSUS OF MEMNON

    by trotador Written Dec 13, 2003

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    the huge statues

    These colossal statues is all that remains of a huge temple built by Amenophis III. A earthquake destroyed the temple 2000 years ago and the colossi are the only stones alive. The cracks caused by the quake in the statues makes some noise with the wind, for many centuries it was thought the noise was supernatural.

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    The Colossi of Memnon

    by Shofja Written Dec 3, 2003

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    The Colossi of Memnon

    The Colossi of Memnon are situated on the main road to the West Bank monument area.
    All tourist's groups have here stop for some minutes - so, you can take photos!

    These two gigantic statues (around 17m high) were cut from two massive granite blocks, brought from quarries near Cairo. And once they stood at the entrance gate of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III. Nowadays almost nothing remains about this temple of Amenhotep III.
    Statues represents the pharaoh Amenhotep III (Dynasty XVIII).
    There are very interesting story - after an earthquake in 27 BC, part of the northern colossus collapsed and from then on each morning at sunrise, the statue produced a strange musical sound. Ancient :-) Greek and Roman tourists :-) came to hear this sound, and gave statue the name of "Memnon" - a Trojan hero, the son of Eos and Titan, who sang to his mother each morning at daybreak. It's a legend, but in reality the sun heating up the stone produced this strange sound.
    In the third century AD northern statue was repaired and the mysterious singing was never heard again.
    But as a result of the legend the statues of Amenhotep III became known as the Colossi of Memnon.

    There is no entrance charge or restrictions on photography.

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    Colossi of Memnon, solitary guards

    by sachara Written Aug 21, 2003

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    Collosi of Memnon

    When you cross the Nile to the westbank, the Colossi of Memnon are the first monuments you will see. The massive Colossi of Memnon, made of yellow-brown sandstone are 17,9M high. Once they were 21 M with crowns. The statues of king Amenophis, son of Hapoe, are crownless and faceless nowadays. if you have a good look, you can see at the base of the left colos Teje, the wife of the king and Moetemoeja the mother of the king.

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    Colossi of Memnon, last remains of a temple

    by sachara Written Aug 21, 2003

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    Colossi of Memnon

    The Colossi of Memnon at the westbank are the remains of the temple of the king Amenotis III, once the largest temple of Thebe. The temple is destroyed by the flooding of the Nile centuries ago.
    The Colossi of Memnon nowadays stand solitary as guardians for the necropolis at the edge of the desert.

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    by Mark_Harris Updated May 19, 2003

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    It`s hard to miss the Colossi of Memnon as they`re on the main road to just about anywhere in the Theban Necropolis.

    They`re also a useful signpost as tickets to all monuments on the West Bank must be bought at the ticket office about 400m past the Colossi.

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    Memnon colossi

    by Maline Written Mar 3, 2003

    These statues are on the way to the Valley of the
    Kiings from Luxor. Most guide tours stop for a short time here I think and you can have your photo moment. Well, they are really big, and when the wind runs through them, supposedly they make an eerie whistling sound...

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    The Colossi of Memnon

    by NoodleT Written Dec 30, 2002

    Each carved from a single piece of stone the Colossi are 18m high and are virtually all that remains of a once great temple. They depict Amenhotep III and they once stood at the entrance to the temple as Ramses II stands before the first pylon at Luxor temple. The temple was on low ground and hence it has been destroyed by the Nile floods.
    You will come across these colossi on route from Luxor to the Valley of the Kings.

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    2 huge statues

    by stevemt Written Apr 28, 2010

    These 2 statues are all that remain of a temple complex.

    The rest was apparently destroyed by flooding and earthquakes.

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    ~ Amazing Statues These Are A Must See ~

    by Heavens-Mirror Updated May 12, 2007

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    ~ Me at the Statues of Memnon ~

    Visiting the statues of Memnon are a must when visiting Luxor, they are huge & look amazing how they have been put back together... They really are fantastic to look at so make sure you take a visit.

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    Colossi of Memnon

    by cheryl-b Updated Feb 18, 2005

    The Colossi are somewhat overrated: the statues are smaller than the fallen statue of Ramses at the Ramsseum, and no longer make the 'whistling' sound that made them famous.

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    Colossi of Memnon

    by niamey00 Written Feb 6, 2005
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    Guardian statues to a temple complex completely gone, the colossi are a quick stop on the route to/from Hatshepsut's Temple and the Valley of the Kings

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    The Colossi of Memnon

    by Oana_bic Updated Apr 16, 2004

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    Cut from two massive granite blocks, the 2 huge statues, around 23m high, once stood at the entrance gate of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III.

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    The "singing" one

    by Prasnjavi Updated Mar 31, 2004

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    The right one was "singing" until some of the Roman Emperor try to "repaired" it. Old Greeks thought that Memnon is "calling" his mother Aurora with that "song".

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    Colossus of Memnon

    by pmarshuk Written Jul 7, 2003

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    One of the first sights after you cross over to the West Bank are the Colossus Of Memnon. These 20 metre high statues are all that remains of the burial temple of Amenhotep III.

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