05/03/2011 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.
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.
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.
This gentleman sits inside and makes sure none of us climb around on Ramses.
Since there’s not a lot to see we are here for maybe 20 minutes then we are off to Saqqara.