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.
An easy and recommended half-day trip from Cairo.
Ramses IIHe is often regarded as Egypt's greatest, most celebrated, and most powerful pharaoh. His successors and later Egyptians called him the "Great Ancestor".He was born around 1303 BC and at age fourteen, Ramesses was appointed Prince Regent by his father Seti I. He is believed to have taken the throne in his early 20s...more
It's hard to believe that Memphis was once the capital of ancient Egypt when you pass through the tiny village of Mit Rahina today. The only thing here is the museum, which currently houses a colossal statue of Ramses II, and it's garden containing several other pieces of statuary.It costs 30LE to enter, and unless you're visiting as part of a...more
This limestone statue is one of the statues found near the temple of Ptah, near Memphis. It probably stood in front of the temple of Ramses II. The statue was moved to the museum in Memphis as it was found. Ramesses II not only had more colossal statues than any other pharaoh but he had also inscribed his own cartouche on many already existing...more
Little is left of the ancient city of Memphis today, at least of what can be seen. Evidently the city had many fine temples and palaces. But today most of the city is gone, only a few scattered ruins remains.This open-air museum is believed to be the remains of the grand temple of Ptah which at one time was the biggest temple in Egypt. A massive...more
If you have time after visiting Saqqarah, stop at Mit Rihena, the site of Memphis where there is a 'museum. It is just an area with a few statues and other objects, but what makes it worthwhile is seeing the enormous statue of Rameses II. Although damaged, it is still awe-inspiring.The fee to enter is exhorbitant for what it is, but ....more
Most probably the Alabaster Sphinx dates back to the 18th dynasty. It is not know in honor of which pharaoh it was carved, maybe of Hatshepsut, Amenhotept II or Amenhotept III. It is thoght that the sphinx stood near the Temple of Ptah.The Alabaster Sphinx is 8m long, 4m tall and weights 80 tons which makes it the biggest calcite statue ever found.more
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.
I decided not to use public transportation to see the different pyramids outside Cairo (Dahshur is not easy to reach by public transport), but to pay for a car with driver. I asked at the travel agent, which is open a few hours a day at Garden City House Hotel. There was no one to chare the price with so finally I went alone. For the transport to...more
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 ;)
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.