Memnon is the Greek form of the name of Amenhotep III.
These two quartzite statues represent the king Amenhotep III seated upon his throne (which bears the symbols of the Upper and Lower Nile) They have not always stood where they are today. They once stood before the mudbrick pylon of a mortuary temple. Few of its remains can be seen, but its layout has been established from soundings of the area. The temple was destroyed during antiquity and its blocks reused in the construction of Karnak.
The northern colossus lost the upper part of its torso during an earthquake of 27 BC. As a result, it emitted a strange musical sound at dawn, an effect caused by the rock as it changed temperature. Thus it was called the"singing Colossus". When Septimus Severus had the torso repaired, it quit "singing".
The Cairo International Airport (IATA: CAI, ICAO: HECA) is the busiest airport in Egypt and is located to the north-east of the city around 15 km from the business area of the city.
Cairo International is the second busiest airport in Africa with over 65 airlines using the Cairo airport (including charter airlines) and 9 cargo airlines. With the assimilation of EgyptAir into Star Alliance in July 2008 the airport has the potential to be a major hub with its positioning between Africa, the Middle East and Europe. In 2008, the airport served 14,360,175 passengers and it is one of the top 100 airports in the world.
The airport handles both domestic and international flights, and is open 24 hours a day.
We suggest flying into Cairo and staying in one of their many fine hotels when touring Cairo and the ruins in the surrounding areas.
We have links on this page that will connect you with flights into Cairo and several of the best hotels in Cairo.
A second option is to fly directly to Aswan.
The Aswan International Airport (IATA: ASW, ICAO: HESN), also known as Daraw Airport, is the airport located in Aswan, Egypt. You can arrange flights directly to Aswan, If you wish.
A third option is to fly directly to Luxor.
Luxor International Airport (IATA: LXR, ICAO: HELX) is the main airport serving the city of Luxor, Egypt. It is located about four miles (6km) east of the city.
Many charter airlines use the airport, as it is a popular tourist destination for those visiting the Colossi Of Memnon, Karnak, Luxor, Aswan, the River Nile, and the Valley of the Kings.
After getting a flight and a hotel we suggest asking your hotel concierge to arrange either a car or a tour of the Colossi Of Memnon, Karnak, Luxor, Aswan, or the Cairo area. If you call their Concierge Services ahead of your arrival, all of this can be pre-arranged for you.
We do this when traveling in Egypt. It is safe and it works!!! We have never experienced a problem, doing it this way!
Therefore, we have placed links to Priceline.com on this page so you can arrange your flights into and out of Karnak, Luxor, Aswan, or the Cairo area; as well as your hotel, when visiting this area.
|The Great Colossi Of Memnon, Thebes.|
|The Great Southern Colossi Of Memnon, Thebes.|
|The Great Northern Colossi Of Memnon, Thebes.|