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"The Colossal Statue of Ramses II" Top 5 Page for this destination Ramesseum Tip by atufft

Ramesseum, Luxor: 10 reviews and 33 photos

  Hands of the Colossal Ramses Statue
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  • Hands of the Colossal Ramses Statue - Luxor
      Hands of the Colossal Ramses Statue
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  • Fallen Colossal Statue of Ramses II - Luxor
      Fallen Colossal Statue of Ramses II
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  • Feet from the Colossal Statue of Ramses - Luxor
      Feet from the Colossal Statue of Ramses
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  • Black Granite Head of Ramses II - Luxor
      Black Granite Head of Ramses II
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  • Osirus Pillars and Entrance to Hypostyle Hall - Luxor
      Osirus Pillars and Entrance to Hypostyle Hall
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As anyone who has traveled through Egyptian ruins knows, Rameses II thought a great deal of himself, but perhaps he had to. During these dynastic periods, Egypt transitioned from God-King to Military Empire. The Egyptians learned about the empire builders of the near east, particularly of the Hittites, against whom Ramses fought to a draw at the battle of Kadesh. In any case, Ramses II was required to punish his enemies and build monuments in part as a show of strength to the Egyptian people who had previously seen their God-King dynasties vanish by military defeat. The great colossal statue of Ramses is fragmented and perhaps with special large equipment can be rebuilt one day. I was particularly impressed by the quality of work done on the hands and feet. Shown here also are the Osiris Pillars, which create a dramatic entrance to the Great Hypostyle Hall. I'm also very fond of the black granite head that came from a statue of Ramses II.

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  • Written Apr 8, 2006
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