Colossal Statue of Ramses II in Memphis, Cairo

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Memphis... extended for 15 kilometers from Giza to Saqqara. One of the oldest cities on Earth. Legendary Memphis was the capital of the ancient Egypt throughout the old kingdom.

First of all, one this we should know about the place calls Memphis. As my tour guide, Ayman, explained, Memphis… extended for 15 kilometers from Giza to Saqqara. One of the oldest cities on Earth. Legendary Memphis was the capital of the ancient Egypt throughout the old kingdom. There we could see not only the Colossal Statue of Ramses II, but also The temple for Embalming the Scared Bull, Apis. And the Alabaster Sphinx as well. As you can see, you would notice that The Statue of Ramses II is so so huge! I was amazed and shocked as I walked approach the statue, and I really love this statue. My mom was even more excited than me when she saw the statue.

Every single details that was carved has their meanings or represents. The crown, the cobra on the crown, the straight forward false beard… The ancient signs of something protective in their believes. The sword, the belt, the name as well. Some represent the name, or the name of their parents, or power or god or the king himself. It is huge isn’t it?
If you notice one shot, where the tour guide was explaining the broken statue beside him, “As you can see the statue beside me, he is very fat. It means he was a very very rich king last time.” I find that funny, haha!

Next, the Alabaster Sphinx is one interesting statue as well, which was placed in Memphis as well. It was old enough since it is B.C. The Alabaster sphinx of Amenophis II, the largest of the extant sphinxes carved from a SINGLE block and it once flanked the entrance of the Temple of Ptah, 4.5m high and 8m long. Amazing, amazing, single block! It’s hard to imagine.
It was funny that time because Ayman guided us the story too quickly and if you attempt to listen to the story, you would miss your chance to shoot pictures.

As a result, there was one of a standing statue that I didn’t know what its name neither its story. Just the pictures, Haha!
Well, hope you guys enjoy this location and get a better pictures before you visit the place.

written by weechonghooi on 2009-03-02 in #world #locations #temple #traditional #architecture #cairo #huge #statue

10 Comments

  1. grenoouille
    grenoouille ·

    Great one Hooi!
    Thanks for the visit!

  2. weechonghooi
    weechonghooi ·

    Haha... thanks to u too~!!1 ;P

  3. weechonghooi
    weechonghooi ·

    Haha... thanks to u too~!!1 ;P

  4. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    THe whole set reminds me a little bit for "The Mummy" movie....

  5. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Colossal statue indeed! And the Horizons are just perfect for such a huge thing to shoot! Thanks Hooi for this new egypt location, must really go there one day! :))

  6. weechonghooi
    weechonghooi ·

    ya stephane, Egypt is really really worth visiting, every places u arrive, u will feel differently special. and u will be impressed with how great the Egyptians used to be.

  7. weechonghooi
    weechonghooi ·

    yes eyecon, u could actually see the unwrapped mummy in the Museum there..

  8. stouf
    stouf ·

    So impressive...

  9. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    Walk Like...nice reportage!

  10. weechonghooi
    weechonghooi ·

    haha... just provide a very little sharing for everybody so that you guys get a better view before visiting...

    =)

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