Sightseeings

THE GREAT SPHINX

The great sphinx is the world’s largest sculpture measuring 20 meters in height and 73 meters in length. Located in Giza, Egypt, and considered one of its historical landmarks.

The sphinx is a royal figure and was deemed to be the guardian of the cemetery.

The word sphinx means the living image. The statue has the body of a lion and the head of an Egyptian king representing spiritual and physical power. Until the present time, it isn't clear who constructed the Sphinx, Intellectuals believe that the statue was either constructed by Khafre during the 4th dynasty or by his older brother Djedefre to glorify their father Khufu.

Also, the statue’s missing nose is considered an enigma. Some assume that it lost its nose during Napoleon’s arrival in Egypt and others believe that it was shot off during the Turkish invasion. However, paintings from the 18th century prove that the nose was already missing.

By the time, the sphinx was partially covered by the sand and was rediscovered in 1905.