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May 3 - Mit Rahina Museum, Memphis

sunny 96 °F

Next stop is the Mit Rahina Museum in Memphis. There used to be a huge city here but all that remains are a few excavated temples. The statuary left has been set up in a small clearing but there’s really not much to see: a couple of column bases with hieroglyphs carved into them containing Ramses II cartouches. They are not made of sandstone so the glyphs look fresh.

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The second largest Sphinx in Egypt – he’s quite small compared to the Sphinx of Giza and he’s carved out of a 26-foot long single piece of granite.

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All very nice but they built an enclosure for the really impressive find here: an unfinished statue of Ramses II lying (fallen?) on his back. He is incredibly beautiful and the detail is wonderful.

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This gentleman sits inside and makes sure none of us climb around on Ramses.

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Since there’s not a lot to see we are here for maybe 20 minutes then we are off to Saqqara.

Posted by MeijiBlack 15:55 Archived in Egypt

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