Unfortunately the condition of the statues is not good. This
is mainly caused by the soft nature of the stone from which they
are made, combined with ancient Earthquake damage. Rising groundwater
levels may also pose a risk to the site.
The Legend of Memnon
The Memnon legend was attached to the northern of the two statues
by the Greeks. A fissure ran through the statue and when the
ancient stone was warmed by the early morning rays of th sun
it was heard to give an eerie moan. The Ancient Greeks thought
that the statue represented King Memnon, and the sound was him
greeting his mother Eos.
Unfortunately attempts were made to repair the statue by the
Romans, and since this time the Colossi have been silent.