Sphinx

Pyramids of Giza Sphinx Cairo King Tut Abu Simbel Aswan Karnak Temple Luxor Temple Queen Hatshepsut Temple Valley of the King Mortuary Temple of Ramssess III Colossi of Memmon Nile River Saqarra Egypt Information

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The sphinx is built of soft sandstone and would have disappeared long ago had it not been buried for so long. The body is 200 feet (60m) in length and 65 feet (20m) tall. The face of the sphinx is 13 feet (4m) wide and its eyes are 6 feet (2m) high. Part of the uraeus (sacred cobra), the nose and the ritual beard are now missing. . The beard from the sphinx is displayed in the British Museum. The statue is crumbling today because of the wind, humidity and the smog from Cairo. Attempts to restore it have often caused more harm than good. No one can be certain who the figure is to personify. It is possible that it is Chephren.

 

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