Colossi Of Memnon – Giant Statues In Luxor, Egypt
The Colossi of Memnon are two giant statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III that sit near Luxor, Egypt.
There’s some cool history behind these impressive monuments, and they’re super easy to combine with nearby tourist sites like Valley of the Queens or Hatshepsut Temple.This travel guide will explain how to get there, and everything you need to know before you go!
Facts & History – The Colossi Of Memnon
The Colossi of Memnon were two giant statues that used to guard the tomb of King Amenhotep III, near the Valley of the Queens. This former temple was once the biggest in the world, even bigger than Karnak.
The statues were built in 1350 BC, and stand about 60 feet tall. The main tomb was destroyed in an earthquake in 1200 BC, but the statues still remain!
The statues weigh about 720 tons each, and you can get some great pics of them with the mountains and desert in the background.
There may not be a whole lot else to see here, but it’s still a very worthwhile stop!
FREE as of 2020.
No ticket or entrance fee is needed.
How To Get There
The Colossi are located on the west bank of the Nile River, on the outskirts of Luxor, Egypt.
The Cairo International Airport (CAI) has 1 hour direct flights to the Luxor airport (LXR) for around $90 USD or less, or you can take a 9 hour day train for around $10 or so.
Once you’re in Luxor, it’s easy to find a driver to take you to the Colossi and other sites on the west bank for about 300 EGP (~$20 USD) for the whole day. Your hotel can probably arrange this too.
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Where I Stayed
I stayed at Luxor Palace hotel on the west bank for 200 EGP ($13 USD) per night.
For this price, I got a clean triple bed room with cold A/C, good WiFi, a pool, kitchen and washer/dryer, and a big rooftop area with a nice sunset view.
The owner was friendly, and it was in a handy location near the Nile, ferry, and restaurants. All in all, this apartment was one of my favorite places I stayed in Egypt.
Prices may fluctuate from time to time, so just keep an eye out for a good deal!