The Colossi of Memnon and The Ramesseum: Odes to Two Propaganda Kings
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October 3rd, 2003 – by: genkeeper
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.
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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