Great Sphinx of Giza

know Facts About the Great Sphinx of Giza The sphinx, as you’ve probably already guessed, was constructed long ago. It was an image of the god of the dead during the New Kingdom and was saved from the sands of time. In fact, it saved its own life when a Prince named Thutmose fell asleep next to it. When he woke up, the Great Sphinx, which had taken on the name Harmakhet, offered to help him become pharaoh.


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The Sphinx was buried in sand when Napoleon’s troops discovered it, and only in 1817 and 1936 was it excavated. Later, a French explorer, Giovanni Battista Caviglia, discovered its head and revealed its face. The sphinx’s head and ears are missing, but its lips and nose were preserved. It is also missing a pair of lips, but its face is otherwise unmistakably female.


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The Great Sphinx of Giza is one of the most famous monuments of ancient Egypt. Despite its size, the colossal limestone statue is probably the oldest and largest monument ever built. It is renowned for its mysterious origins, mythological origins, and alleged connections to other worlds. It is the largest monument sculpture in the ancient world, with a face 13 feet wide.



A visit to the Great Sphinx of Giza is sure to give you a sense of the history and culture of ancient Egypt.