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Colossi of Memnon

The “Colossi of Memnon” are two massive stone statues erected by Amenhotep III in the mid 14th century BCE. They depict the Pharaoh seated, facing the Nile. Alongside his legs are small images of his wife and mother.

The momuments are made of two blocks of sandstone which were quarried near Cairo, some 670 km away. They are 18 m tall, and weigh app. 720 tons each. It is estimated that they were too heavy to be transported along the Nile, and so they were carried overland.

They marked the entrance into Amenhotep III Mortuary temple, of which very little is visible today.

In Roman times visitors believed the northern colossus generates a musical sound, and to this day visitors claim to hear sounds coming out of the monument. The Romans also reconstructed part of the colossus. 

Attributing the Colossi to Memnon was probably done in Roman Times. Memnon was a hero of the Trojan war according to Greek Mythology, who led forces into Africa.


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Points of Interest in the Area

Hatshepsut Temple
Valley of the Kings
Luxor Temple


A 360 Degrees view in front of the “Colossi of Memnon”