Feeling Tiny at the Colossi of Memnon.

Feeling Tiny at the Colossi of Memnon.

In the early morning, Jeff and I were exhausted upon arrival in Luxor. We were excited for the day we had ahead of us, but quickly learned that sleeping on an overnight train wasn’t always easy. Either way, we knew we only had one day in Luxor, and we planned to make the most of it.

We headed from the train station to Hatshepsut’s Temple, but stopped on the way to see the Colossi of Memnon. This was another work I had studied in Art History back in high school, but seeing it for myself was breathtaking. Right off the road, sat these two huge statues, that appeared to glow a reddish-yellow in the early morning sunlight.

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The statues had at one point been part of a temple, but are now all that remains.

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It doesn’t seem like much, but these two columns that represent the pharaoh whose temple once stood here, are impressive on their own. Here, I felt smaller than I ever have, and at 5’3″ I always feel small. In fact, over my three weeks in Southern Africa, the people on tour nicknamed me Pixie, due to my small stature.

There I saw it as a bit of a joke, but once I got to Egypt, I actually felt small. Really small. Especially, next to this famous site.

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But, it wasn’t just me. The statues are so large, that even Jeff had a chance to feel small in the world.

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We weren’t here for long, and there wasn’t much to see, but if you find yourself in Luxor, you must find the time to visit these colossal statues. They are absolutely beautiful, but the fact that they make you feel so tiny makes you truly realize your place in the world.

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Comments (18)

  1. Kevin

    I know what you mean about feeling small next to the wonders of the world. At the Grand Canyon last year, I felt like a teeny tiny speck of a hiker sometimes. It was a little unnerving!

    1. The World Wanderer

      It’s very unnerving! Especially, next to sites that are made by nature. I still have no idea how people made these statues though, or the pyramids. Seriously impressive!

  2. D.J. - The World of Deej

    Stuff like this always boggles my mind. I mean, how did they manage to create stuff so large with virtually no advanced tools, etc. Crazy.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Pretty unreal, right? I just don’t understand how they did it.

  3. Raul (@ilivetotravel in Twitter)

    I somehow missed out on this while I explored Luxor! Good: a reason to return!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Yup, time to go back! Not like you needed an excuse. 😉

  4. thelazytravelers

    these do not look real. sometimes its hard to really wrap your head around the fact that stuff like this is really as old as they say it is. xo!

    1. The World Wanderer

      So true! I don’t have a clue how they built them either!

  5. Traveling Ted

    I love the color the statues emit with the early morning sun shining on them. Great post Pixie 🙂

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Ted. They were an absolutely beautiful color that morning. I’ve seen photos of them in the middle of the day, and they just aren’t as magical. So glad I saw them that morning.

  6. Francesca (@WorkMomTravels)

    I feel your pain, fellow Pixie. I’m only 5’4″ 🙂 Great perspective, though: “you truly realize your place in the world.” Well said!

  7. Leah Travels

    And another thing I need to add on my list of things to do when I finally get to Egypt. I’m just going to use your site as a guide. OK?

    1. The World Wanderer

      Definitely add it to the list! Use it all. 🙂

  8. Pola (@jettingaround)

    The statues look awesome! But I must say that the first thing I noticed was… the colors in your pictures! So beautiful… I remember the sky and sand from that region quite vividly, and they looked just like that. 🙂

    1. The World Wanderer

      They are pretty unreal, right?! Yes, the colors are my favorite part. What a beautiful place.

  9. Tawny of Captain and Clark

    You’ve completely sold me on Egypt. Your pictures never cease to blow my mind! I’m also 5’3″ and feel so small just around Chris. I can’t imagine standing next to those huge works of art.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Tawny! I’d imagine you’d feel quite the same as me there, since we are the same height. So glad I’ve sold you on Egypt – it’s incredible!

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