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Colossi of Memnon, Luxor: 59 reviews and 88 photos

  The Colossi of Memnon
by Shofja

The Colossi of Memnon are situated on the main road to the West Bank monument area.
All tourist's groups have here stop for some minutes - so, you can take photos!

These two gigantic statues (around 17m high) were cut from two massive granite blocks, brought from quarries near Cairo. And once they stood at the entrance gate of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III. Nowadays almost nothing remains about this temple of Amenhotep III.
Statues represents the pharaoh Amenhotep III (Dynasty XVIII).
There are very interesting story - after an earthquake in 27 BC, part of the northern colossus collapsed and from then on each morning at sunrise, the statue produced a strange musical sound. Ancient :-) Greek and Roman tourists :-) came to hear this sound, and gave statue the name of "Memnon" - a Trojan hero, the son of Eos and Titan, who sang to his mother each morning at daybreak. It's a legend, but in reality the sun heating up the stone produced this strange sound.
In the third century AD northern statue was repaired and the mysterious singing was never heard again.
But as a result of the legend the statues of Amenhotep III became known as the Colossi of Memnon.

There is no entrance charge or restrictions on photography.

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  • Written Dec 3, 2003
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