The Sphinx

The Great Sphinx of Giza, the worlds largest single-stone statue.

The half-human Sphinx is an ancient Egyptian mystical figure usually formed as a lion with a human head, usually made to resemble a pharaoh.

The Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt, is the worlds biggest single-stone statue. It is made from limestone and it is 57 metres (260 feet) long, 6 m (20 ft) wide, and 20 m (65 ft height.

It can be found on facing due east at the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the great Nile river.

The statues Arabic name translates as “Father of Terror”.

Some people believe that the head of the pharaoh Khafra (The Hellenised version is Chephren). This would mean that it was built during the Fourth Dynasty (2723 BC ? 2563 BC), making about 4,500 years old.

A more likely theory is that it was built around 10500 BC because there are patterns of water erosion on the Sphinx body, and this is the last time any significant volume of rain fell in Egypt.

We know almost nothing about the statue for sure, basic knowledge like who is on the face, when it was built and by whom is still remains a riddle.

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