Colossi of Memnon Travel Guide

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Colossi of Memnon

Colossi of Memnon

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This massive pair of statues, known as the Colossi of Memnon, rise 18 metres from the plain.  These faceless, enthroned statues are all that remain of a huge funerary temple complex built in the second half of the 14th century BC by Amenhotep III.  Unfortunately, being on the flood plain of the Nile, most other traces of the temple have been eroded away over the centuries by the frequent floodwaters of the great river.  Only the Colossi have withstood the ravages of time. (Contributed by Howard Banwell)