In this article, we will exhibit all the Memnon tours you can do in Egypt. Also, we will describe how to get Memnon Statues from different destinations.
History of Memnon in Egypt
These twin statues depict Amenhotep III in a seated position. These Statues have two shorter figures carved into the front throne alongside his legs for his wife Tiye and mother Mutemwiya. The side panels depict the Nile god, Hapy.
The Ancient Egyptians made these statues from blocks of quartzite sandstone. This quartzite sandstone was quarried at el-Gabal el-Ahmar and transported 675 km overland to Luxor. After the 27th earthquake, Roman engineers reconstructed the northern colossus. In contrast, some archaeologists think that they used blocks that may have come from Edfu. The giants reach a towering 18 m in height and weigh an estimated 720 tons each. In case, we are going to include the stone platforms on which they stand. If separately, the bases have about four meters in height, and the two figures are about fifteen m.
The southern statue still comprises a single piece of stone, while in 27 BC, a large earthquake shattered the northern colossus, collapsing it from the waist up and cracking the lower half. Nowadays, engineers added five sandstone blocks to the later one to restore it.
Memnon Tours from Cairo
Tourists staying in Giza/Cairo hotels will find it far to get to Memnon Statues at Luxor. Regularly, tour operators organise fantastic tours to the Colossi of Memnon. The most popular journey among them is the one that comes with visits to Karnak and Hatshepsut’s temples and the Valley of the Kings. On this two-day tour to the valley of the Kings from Cairo by plane, you will visit the Karnak Temple. Then, we’ll have lunch. In the western part of Luxor, you will also see the temple of millions of years of Amenhotep III – Colossi of Memnon. Further, we will visit the Valley of the Kings, where we will see three tombs for ancient kings, pharaohs of Egypt. And finally, we head to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.
The following is a booking link to that tour to the Colossi of Memnon:
Memnon Tours from Hurghada
It is relatively not far to visit the Colossi of Memnon in Luxor. Several tip programs include a stop at these colossi. The most popular trip to Colossi of Memnon is the one you can do by bus to the Valley of the Kings. The following link will guide you on this trip: