Memphis: One of the Old Capitals of Ancient Egypt

Memphis Travel Blog

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There isn't much left to see at Memphis since most of it, including the old Ancient Egyptian palace, is located under Cairo.  That's the problem with continuing to build on the same spot for 5,000 years.  Memphis is located right passed Abu Sir and across from Saqqara.  The small museum has rather nice pieces for its size.  There is a 26ft long alabaster sphinx of Amenhotep III, and ENORMOUS fallen collossus of Ramesses II (of course, Rameses couldn't leave Memphis without atleast one collossus), stelae of Apris (Dyn 26 - uck, not my favorite) and a sarcophagus of Amenhotep I (Dyn 19).  Memphis is a great place, full of tremendous historic significance.  If you want a place seldom visited by tourists, off the beaten path, or this isn't your first visit to Egypt, or you're an Egyptology nut, then definitely visit Memphis.  But, if it isn't, then your time would be better spent at all the other really cool stuff right around Cairo.  It is really easy though to lump Memphis in with Saqqara, Abu Sir (if it's open - big ?), and Dahshur.
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Ramesses II colossus.
Ramesses II colossus.
Ramesses II colossus.
Ramesses II colossus.
Ramesses II colossus.
Ramesses II colossus.
Ramesses II colossus. Look at the …
Ramesses II colossus. Look at the…
Sphinx of Amenhotep III.
Sphinx of Amenhotep III.
Stelae Apris.
Stelae Apris.
Memphis
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