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Colossus of Ramses II, Cairo

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The Colossus of Ramses II is just that: colossal. Imagine a statue ten meters (33 feet) long (and this despite the fact that the feet are missing). It is a true testimony to the skill and workmanship of the ancients, not to mention their patience. The anatomy is impeccable, the sheer size of it is intimidating. This great fallen statue was found by Giovanni Caviglia in 1820 near the south gate of the Temple of Ptah. It is a mere accident of fate that the statue is still in Egypt as Mohammed Ali had donated the statue to the British Museum. However, the mammoth task of relocating the statue prevented the British from moving this piece of Egyptian heritage.