Some Facts About The Great Sphinx

Egypt is the land of wonders, pyramids and unsolved mysteries. The Great Sphinx is also one of the mysterious statue. Most of the tourists who visit Egypt get mesmerized by the marvelous Great Sphinx. Here are some facts about the Great Sphinx:

  • The Great Sphinx is located on the Giza Plateau at the west bank of the great Nile river.
  • The Sphinx is zoomorphic figure which takes form of two mammals : Lion and Man.
  • The great Sphinx was built in around 2620BC.
  • The facts about Sphinx are still debated and many questions about it are still unanswered.They are collectively known as the Riddle of The Sphinx.
  • The Sphinx are guardian figures and the Great Sphinx is considered to the guard of the Giza Plateau .
  • The head of the Great Sphinx is now believed to be that of pharaoh Kafra.
  • The Great Sphinx is the largest monolith statue in the world with dimensions of 241ft long,20ft wide and 65ft tall.
  • The Great Sphinx statue is carved out of limestone bedrock.
  • There is small temple between the paws of the Great Sphinx.
  • After it went under the sand, the first attempt to dig it out was done by ThutmoseIV in 1400BC.
  • The modern excavation was started in 1817 and was supervised by Captain Caviglia.
  • But it was completely dug out in 1925.
  • The beard of the Great Sphinx is kept in the British museum. It is thought to be added after it's original construction.
  • The Nose of the Great Sphinx is missing. The common belief is that it was damaged by the canon ball fired by Napoleon's Army.
  • The head-dress of the Great Sphinx consists of a cobra.





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