The Sphinx

the sphinxThe Sphinx, which embodies the body of a lion and the head of a pharaoh, is believed to be the head of Khafre and his guardian spirit for his entire burial complex. Carved from the natural limestone of Giza, the sphinx has disintegrated over the years, entire pieces dropping off to the desert floor below. It is not known to have chambers inside, like those found in the pyramids at Giza.

Dates Built: undetermined

Base: 187 feet (57 m) in length

Total Weight: undetermined

Width: Face is 20 feet (6 m) wide

Height: Total height is 66 feet (20 m), 30 feet (9.15 m) high from chin to head

Construction Material: Soft limestone

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Photo: Aaron Strong

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