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These two statues of Amenhotep III are all that remain of a massive compound this Pharaoh built to house his mortuary temple. According to archaeologists, the site would have been bigger than Karnak, making it the biggest such complex in all of Thebes. Built on the actual flood plain of the Nile, however, it washed away, and all that remains now is this pair of headless, 18m-high (60-ft.) statues. From about the middle of the 1st century B.C. until the early 3rd century A.D., when a crack in it was fixed by Septimus Severus, the northern statue of the pair used to make a low wailing noise each morning. The Greek explanation associated the statue with the Homeric character Memnon and the noise with him singing a greeting to his mother Eos, the goddess of dawn. No ticket is required.