The lost yet heard melody of the Colossi of Memnon

The colossi of Memnon has traveled centuries and miles, eras and continents, rulers and empires and what not. It was, once upon a time considered a token of luck and grace. And hence, it drew in a large number of tourists and people searching for luck and fortune?from everywhere around.
The statues are to the west of Luxor and sit tall, watching towards the east where flows the sacred waters of Nile. The statues, being inconspicuous are not alone and accompanied by little statues of Amenhotep’s mother and wife.

The twin statues of the Colossi signify the Pharaohs Amhentop, the resplendence of the eighteenth dynasty of rulers of Egypt. The statues once guarded the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III.

The mortuary temple was a giant structure which got weathered and eroded by the cruel actions of floods and earthquakes. Nature has a strange way of keeping antiquities alive. And the irony is that the temple no longer exists, but these guards do and are profoundly celebrated and respected for that matter.
Around some 2,045 years ago at 27BCE, the statues were shaken up by a massive earthquake. Though the earthquake failed to shatter these statues, it did produce some cracks which produced a distinct melody by nature’s actions. The visitors from Greece found it somewhat resembling Memnon.?Memnon is a legendary Greek hero, who had fallen at Troy.
The Greeks believed the Colossi of?Memnon sound to be Memnon calling for his mother’s empathy as Achilles slew him, and hence the name. Some scholars go as far as to say that Memnon and Amenhotep were the same people.
It was believed that whoever heard the melody attained a blessing of good and goodness. And the Roman emperor, Septimius Severus was disappointed when he was unable to hear the sound.

The colossi of Memnon Luxor, Egypt.


So firm were his ambitions of seeking luck here that he ordered the reconstruction of the Colossi, silencing the melody forever. But as long as these statues remain tall, as long as Egypt “pyramids” the sky high, the memories of these melodies shall remain tinking.
Address:?Al Bairat, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt
Timings:??Open 24 hours
How tall is Colossi of Memnon:?18 m (60 ft)
Dedicated to:?Amenhotep III
Built by:Amenhotep, son of Hapu

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