Colossi of Memnon
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One of the two colossi of Memnon, built for the funerary temple of Amenhotep III.
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The second colossus. Both represented the pharaoh, Amenhotep III, and are nearly 60 feet tall.
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The colossi were carved from quartz.
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The large figures are of Hapi, the god of inundation (Rains).
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The back of one colossus. What appears to be a cross actually was part of the pylon that supported the statue and has broken away. The "cross" extends to the very top of the colussus.
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An oblique view which reveals there is no Christian cross as some have claimed.
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View from the other side of the carved throne on which the second colussus sits.
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The second colussus
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An oblique view of the first colussus.
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An oblique view of the first colussus.