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Colossi of Memnon, Luxor

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Colossi of Memnon

These are very impressive statues which were once part of a massive temple complex. They now stand virtually alone on the plain, and they are well worth a short detour off the main road. Go early if you can, around 8am, to appreciate these wonders in the relative peace that reigns on the West Bank before the tour buses descend.

There is a legend that one of the statues, the northernmost, used to sing early in the morning, giving off a low, haunting sound. Apparently this was due to some structural damage, and when this damage was repaired, the statue lost its voice.

These amazing statues are best seen by the sun's early rays, when one can easily imagine the long history through which these sentinels have gazed out at the Nile. [more ]

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