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The Colossi of Memnon

The Colossi of Memnon

Egypt Holidays - Colossi of Memnon

The two enthroned Colossi of Memnon originally fronted the mortuary temple of Amenophis III, once the largest complex on the West Bank but plundered by later pharaohs for masonry.  The badly ravaged but still impressive Colossi are all that remains of this great construction. 

The Greeks, coming upon them in later eras, decided the statues honoured their hero, Memnon, who fought at Troy, and named them accordingly.  In the past the northernmost statue was said to have made musical 'whistling' sounds at dawn, amazing visitors and bringing it world fame until the Romans made crude repairs and silenced the statue for ever.