The Colossus of Mormon is by far one of the strangest and most incredible discoveries humankind has ever made. They’re massive, gigantic, and, best of all, they’re extremely heavy. They are reported to weigh well over 1,200 tons each and, according to official statements, they were not built block by block, but instead they were actually just two single solitary blocks that were then sculpted into this form.
The statues are made of quartzite sandstone blocks and are said to have been brought here from the queries to el-Gabal el Ahmar, near Cairo, and then transported to Thebes, 420 miles away. A lot of people have claimed that this is the work of the slaves, but, as with the pyramids, it couldn’t have been done by hands alone.
But that’s not the best part, anyway; the best part is the fact that these ancient monuments used to sing! Right, Greek and early Roman tourists documented their visit to the monuments, and because they sang, they ended up naming the statues of Memnon, after the great hero of the Trojan War who defended Troy and ended up being killed by Achilles as a result. The song that the statues were supposed to sing was a song that people used to sing to Memnon’s mother, the goddess of Dawn Eos, so that she would stop tearing up her son.