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Colossi of Memnon, Luxor

West Bank
Egypt's insider take:

These two badly eroded statues of the Pharaoh Amenophis II, in a field on the main road leading from the ferry landing towards the Theban hills, are all that remain of his mortuary temple, which was once larger than the Karnak complex. Memnon was actually the name of a Homeric hero; the name stuck because of the phonetic similarity to Amenophis and because ancient Greek and Roman travelers noted the creaking of quartzite sandstone expanding and contracting with the day's temperature flux, a sound they associated with Memnon's lament to his mother, Dawn.

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