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The Colossi of Memnon and The Ramesseum: Odes to Two Propaganda Kings

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Colossi of Memnon
So what do Amenhotep III and Rameses II both have in common: 1) they built a shit load of statues and temples in their honor thus spreading lots of propaganda about how great they are and all the great things they are doing and 2) they got the idea from Hatshepsut - the Zen Master of Proganda (surpassed only in my humble opinion by Alexander the Great).

The Colossi of Memnon, 60 feet of quartzite sandstone carved into a likeness of Pharaoh Amenhotep III, stand guard at what was in ancient times the entrance to Amenhotep III's giant mortuary complex.  Yes, they are just two statues, but they are two statues definitely worth a visit.  They are absolutely humongous and its location on the valley floor with the sandy "mountains" in the background make it a really spectacular spot in Egypt.
Hot air balloons over the West Bank of Luxor.
  Plus, everything on the West Bank is pretty close together.

The Ramesseum, as the name suggests, is the mortuary temple of Ramesses II.  And as usual with a Ramesses II building, it's covered with scenes from the Battle of Kadesh, His Greatness biffing and smitting every poor soul he can get his hands on, and his other military victories.  There is a number of toppled colossi that you can get up-close-and-personal with.  It's a pretty temple and gives you quite a bit of insight into one of Ancient Egypt's more prolific and important rulers.  A definite must see, and as I said above, everything is really close together on the West Bank.

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Colossi of Memnon
Colossi of Memnon
Hot air balloons over the West Ban…
Hot air balloons over the West Ba…
Ramseseum in the distance.
Ramseseum in the distance.
My friends and i next to a head of…
My friends and i next to a head o…
Fallen colossus of Ramses II at th…
Fallen colossus of Ramses II at t…
Hypostyle Hall. Ramesseum.
Hypostyle Hall. Ramesseum.
Ramesseum.
Ramesseum.
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