The Colossi of Memnon
They located on the West Bank, The Colossi of Memnon is in the mortuary temple which located in “Thebes”, which dating 18th Dynasty in the new kingdom under reign of Amenhotep III, those two statues guarded the mortuary temple of the pharaoh, really a two big statues each one of them about twenty meters height and weight around thousand tons, they faced damage through the earthquake which occurred in 27 BC, one of the statues emitted a sound like a bell each morning as humidity rose and temperature, which make Greeks in believe that this sound as a greeting from Memnon and listening to this sound thought that to bring the good luck, a suggestion goes that the wind reverberating through the statues cracks the case of the sounds or maybe due to the following between the heat of the sun and the humidity at night, but unfortunately when the roman emperor “Septimius Severus” repairing the statues silence forever inadvertently, The Colossi of Memnon seem to be amazing piece.
The Colossi of Memnon were referred by ancient Egyptians as Ruler of Rulers, then named as the same as Tammy and Shammy, which mean Right and left.
The Colossi of Memnon represents the pharaoh wearing the royal headdress and sitting on the throne, the chairs of the king have relief carvings on the sides, with a drawing Lower and Upper Egypt.
The Colossi of Memnon are well constructed from quartzite which taken from the Quarries from Gebel EsSilseleh or near of Giza, the northern statue demonstrates the pharaoh with this mother as the southern one appears to be for the Pharaoh together with his wife and daughter.
How to go to the Colossi of Memnon?
The statues located in the West Bank area in Luxor, there are no fees or tickets are required to see the Colossi of Memnon.
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