The Colossi of Memnon are two massive stone statues, standing 20 metres tall, of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Since 1350BC (over 3,400 years), when Amenhotep III ruled Egypt during the Dynasty XVIII, the statues have stood in the Theban Necroplolis, west of what is now Luxor and the Nile River.
The Colossi of Memnon was built during the pharaoh’s lifetime with its original function being to stand guard at the entrance to Amenhotep’s memorial temple, where he was worshipped as a god both before and after his death.
Both statues have been damaged over time with the faces and upper bodies now with minimal features left. The southern statue is a single piece of stone while the northern figure has 5 tiers of stone above the waist. These tiers are a different sandstone and is the result of a reconstruction attempt by the Roman Empire.
It is easily accessed as it is just off the road and usually has a number of tourists stopping to take photos.