Great Sphinx

The Great Sphinx of Giza is the largest monolith statue in the entire world. Standing at an impressive 20 meters (66 feet) high, the Great Sphinx was designed to be a representation of the Egyptian Pharaoh Khafre, whose tomb is found within the Pyramid of Khafre. Although the exact date of construction is not known, it is believed to have been built sometime during Khafre’s reign, which spanned 2558–2532 BC.

The Great Sphinx

The sphinx is a mythical creature that held a lot of significance in ancient Egypt. The sphinx was believed to have the body of a lion but the head of a man, and they were regarded as regal, powerful deities. Today, the shape of the Great Sphinx is largely changed from its original form. Wind and sand have eroded much of the body, but it is the missing nose of the Great Sphinx that gets the most attention. There are stories of Napoleon’s men removing the nose, but other legends blame British troops or even 14th century Sa’id al-Su’ada, a Sufi Muslim group.