Memphis was a city and capital of lower Egypt many years ago, however, today it is an uninhabited tourist destination between the pyramids of Saqqara and Dashur.
We stopped here on our first morning in Egypt to catch a glimpse of the massive statue of Rameses II.
The statue once stood at the temple of Ptah, which over time had been destroyed. Now, it lies protected indoors in the one time capital. The size of the statue in person is impressive and hard to put into words.
After Rameses II, we headed to the alabaster sphinx, who is much smaller than the sphinx at the Great Pyramids.
After that, there isn’t much else to Memphis, aside from strolling around and looking at some statues set up around a small area. There are also plenty of vendors selling souvenirs. Ready to see what else Egypt had in store for us, we snapped a few photos and headed back on our way.
While not a lot of time is needed to walk around Memphis, it’s a great stop between pyramids to see what was once an important location in Egyptian history. Plus, seeing the Ramses II statue in person is completely worth the trip.