"The Ruins of Memphis" Egypt Off The Beaten Path Tip by Paul2001

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  Colossus of Ramses II near Saqaara
by Paul2001

There is not really a heck of a lot remaining of the ruins of Memphis. Mostly just ancient statues scattered about the village of Mit Rahina which now occupies the old capital of Ancient Egypt. The most notable site to see is the fascinating Colossus of Ramses II. This limestone statue dates from the 12th century B.C. and was found here in 1820. It gives you a good impression on how Ramses II attempted to portray himself as this massive godlike entity to feared and respected by his subject and enemies.
I visited this ruin while on my way to the Step Pyramid of Saqaara. It only takes about 15 minutes to view the ruins so drop in while on your way to these more famed ruins at Saqaara.

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  • Written Dec 26, 2003
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