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Before heading to popular attractions like the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut, stop at the Colossi of Memnon. This pair of statues, which stand about 59 feet tall and depict King Amenhotep III, once guarded the king's temple. Though both statues' faces have suffered significant damage and little remains of King Amenhotep III's temple, the statues' impressive size and the lack of an entrance fee make this site well worth a visit.

Past visitors noted that despite its somewhat random location, the Colossi of Memnon is one of Luxor's best photo spots. If you're interested in learning more about the history of the statues, consider visiting  via a local bus tour. Most tour operators, including Memphis Tours and Love Egypt Tours, provide private tour guides with backgrounds in Egyptian history.

The Colossi of Memnon can be found approximately 15 miles northwest of downtown Luxor alongside Al Tmsalyn street. This free attraction – open 24 hours a day – sits within walking distance of several hotels, though most travelers will need to hire a car, hail a taxi, rent a bike or take a bus tour to get to and from the sight. Free parking is available, and souvenirs and snacks can be purchased from vendors in the parking lot and at shops across the street. No restrooms are located on-site.

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#1 Temple of Hatshepsut Built to honor Amon-Re (ancient Egypt's sun god) and the female pharaoh Hatshepsut (who was believed to have descended from Amon-Re), the Temple of Hatshepsut stands out for its ... Read more » Apexphotos / Getty Images

#2 Valley of the Kings As its name suggests, the Valley of the Kings is where dozens of pharaohs were laid to rest. In fact, you'll find 63 royal tombs here, including notable pharaohs ... Read more » Nick Brundle Photography / Getty Images

#3 Karnak Temple Complex If you're in search of Luxor's largest (and most impressive) collection of temple ruins, look no further than the Karnak Temple Complex. Located about 2 miles northeast of ... Read more » zbg2 / Getty Images

#4 Temple of Luxor Though additions to the Temple of Luxor were made by many of Egypt's pharaohs (Tutankhamun, Horemheb and Hatshepsut, to name a few), the bulk of this ancient structure was ... Read more » Siempreverde22 / Getty Images

#5 Colossi of Memnon Before heading to popular attractions like the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut, stop at the Colossi of Memnon. This pair of statues, which stand about 59 ... Read more » donvictorio / Getty Images

#6 Medinet Habu Though this collection of temples isn't as well known as the Temple of Luxor, the Karnak Temple Complex and the Temple of Hatshepsut, Medinet Habu stands out because of ... Read more » WitR / Getty Images

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#8 Valley of the Queens The Valley of the Queens is home to more than 75 royal tombs. You'll find an array of queens, princesses and princes buried here, and one of Egypt's ... Read more » geoleo / Getty Images

#9 Luxor Museum For a glimpse at Old and New Kingdom artifacts found in and around Luxor, check out the Luxor Museum. Historic treasures housed in this museum include a statue of Tuthmosis ... Read more » DAJ / Getty Images

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One of Egypt's most famous female pharaohs was Hatshepsut, who is immortalized at the colossal Temple of Hatshepsut. Apexphotos / Getty Images

At the base of the Theban Mountains, you'll find the Valley of the Kings, where notable rulers like King Tut and Ramses VI were laid to rest. Nick Brundle Photography / Getty Images

Luxor's largest collection of ancient Egyptian ruins are located at the Karnak Temple Complex, which overlooks the Nile's East Bank. zbg2 / Getty Images

Sphinxes, hieroglyphs and ancient Egyptian ruins are just some of the photo-worthy sights you'll find at the Temple of Luxor. Siempreverde22 / Getty Images

For a larger-than-life view of ancient Egyptian statues, visit the 59-foot Colossi of Memnon on the city's West Bank. donvictorio / Getty Images

Medinet Habu, which sits near the Valley of the Artisans and the Colossi of Memnon, features one of the city's most impressive temples without all the crowds found at other sights. WitR / Getty Images

If you're interested in learning more about the workers who constructed the tombs found in the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, check out the Valley of the Artisans' tombs and ruins. quintanilla / Getty Images

More than 75 tombs with colorful artwork lie within the Theban Mountains' Valley of the Queens. geoleo / Getty Images

Everything from royal mummies to items buried with King Tut are on display in the Luxor Museum. DAJ / Getty Images

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