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Ramesseum
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34. Gigantic proportions

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Ramesseum. Gigantic proportions

Luxor, Egypt: Ramesseum

The huge 18 metre high colossi that fell and crushed the 2nd Pylon. Smaller statues to the left, depicting (again!) Ramses 2.


Luxor, Egypt: Ramesseum

Smaller colossi inside the 2nd Court.


Ramses 2 wanted this temple to be perfect, in order to impress men and gods, and secure his unity with the gods. Therefore it appears ironical to the visitors, finding his huge statues smashed towards the ground. Impressive in size, Ramses 2 would not have been happy to find out about ordinary people climbing up on his torso and touching his face. The cartouche on the bicep says nothing less than: "Ruler of Rulers".
Luxor, Egypt: Ramesseum

Feet in the 1st Court indicate better than anything else the size of the largest colossi.




By Tore Kjeilen