Over the River Nile and Colossi of Memnon

by Leena Kauppinen January. 20, 2011 1551 views

We were driving from the harbour to the Luxor
After a dry, brown landscape this greenish told us the River Nile is near.

There it is!

A huge river, which has given always life to Egypt.

Cruisers are waiting for travellers.

And these travellers are taking a break and watch two unbelievable old statues.

“The Colossi of Memnon (known to locals as el-Colossat, or es-Salamat) are two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. For the past 3400 years (since 1350 BC) they have stood in the Theban necropolis, across the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor”, tells Wikipedia [en.wikipedia.org]

“The statues are made from blocks of quartzite sandstone which was stone quarried at el-Gabal el-Ahmar (near modern-day Cairo) and transported 675 km (420 miles) overland to Thebes!” The source is again Wikipedia.
Ancient Thebes is now called Luxor, where are located both temples of Luxor and Karnak

You can see in this side panel showing two flanked relief images of the deity Hapi and, to the right, a sculpture of the royal wife Tiy, who is just knee-high in this sculpture.:)

And after the greenish getting of Nile landscapes are again sandy and rocky.

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Eric J H Joyce 10 years, 6 months ago

Great set.

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