Luxor, Egypt
Colossi of Memnon

Twin colossal stone statues in Luxor, Egypt.

The Colossi of Memnon are two colossal stone statues depicting Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned over Egypt during the Dynasty XVIII. Over the past 3400 years, they have stood in the Theban Necropolis which is west of the Nile River in Luxor city, Egypt. Memnon was known to be a Trojan War hero and King of Ethiopia who led his army from Africa into Asia. He was said to be the son of Eos, the goddess of dawn and is related to the colossi because of the supposed cry at dawn of the northern statue which then became known as the Colossus of Memnon. The twin statues are in a seated position, with their hands resting on their knees while gazing eastwards towards the River Nile. Both are quite damaged with key features above the waist hardly recognisable. Still, a visit here is certain to leave you in awe of what the ancient Egyptians managed to achieve. And they do make a good photo opportunity as well.

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Tips Before You Go
Arrange this to be part of a larger tour around Luxor as a good 5-10 minutes stop at these statues will suffice.
Al Bairat, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt