Memnon statues in Luxor City

These two huge statues with a height of 59 feet are the first views that welcome visitors who use the ferry from the east coast. He was known in ancient times in a mysterious voice, published by one of them at dawn. Scientists now feel that this sound was due to the passage of air through the stone holes, because the stones were warmed due to the sunlight, but there is no way to confirm this, because the sound has been closed for centuries.

Whatever the reason for this, the sound was the source of the statues' name, because it had to assure the Greeks believe that these statues belong to an immortal Memnon.

In fact, the statues of Amenhotep III and his wife Tiye, they used to guard the entrance of a large complex of temples, which, according to some sources, can strike a cyclone. Amenhotep III, who led the New Kingdom around the peak of the historical power of Egypt, is considered one of the most prolific builders of ancient Egypt. This temple would be the most important in their construction projects, but only a few survived today.

What to see in Colosse Memon?

Two sculptures represent Amenhotep III (14th century BC) in a sitting position. His hands were on his knees, and his eyes were directed toward the river to the east and the rising sun.

Two little characters are engraved on the throne in front of his feet: his wife Tiye and mother Mutemwia. Side panels represent the god Nile Hapy.

The statues were made of blocks of quartzite sandstone mined in Giza (near modern Cairo) or Gabel El Silsileh (60 kilometers north of Aswan). The stones of the platform on which they stand reach a height of 18 meters (about 60 feet).

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