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Seeing the statues still in the quarries will give you perception of the tasks they ancients overcame.
Outside of the quarries, there is not much more to do.
In a nutshell
An easy and recommended half-day trip from Cairo.
There is a little cafe across the road from the museum entrance - they serve tea, soft drinks and i think fruit juices as well. We didn't drink here, although our taxi driver did, and I'm sure the prices are over inflated for the tourists - we took our own food and drink, and I suggest you take plenty of water.
Written Apr 1, 2008
What to buy: Make sure to try the local fruit in Egypt while you're there. We bought the most delicious clementines I've ever tasted while we were in Memphis. You can buy it just right of the street. So sweet and yummy!
What to pay: Not much. They will probably rip you off though. But it's still cheap ;)
Updated Apr 26, 2007
Address: Basically everywhere in Egypt.
Favorite thing: Near the remains of Memphis stands the Alabaster Sphinx. The Alabaster Sphinx was carved in honor of an unknown Pharaoh most likely during the eighteenth dynasty, between 1700 and 1400 BC. Although there was not an inscription, the facial features suggest that it was in honor of Hatshepsut or Amenhotep II or Amenhotep III. Amenhotep III is thought to be the builder of the Luxor Temple.
Fondest memory: The Alabaster Sphinx is 8m (26 ft) long and 4m (13 ft) tall and weighs around 90 tons. It has corroded over the centuries, but remains very impressive. This monument may have stood outside of the Temple of Ptah along with the Colossus of Ramses II. The Alabaster Sphinx spent many years lying on its side in water. This was responsible for the damage to the surface of the monument.
Written Apr 20, 2010