The Sphinx

The Sphinx or The Great Sphinx of Egypt is a human headed lion which was skillfully crafted from of huge mound of natural rock. Sphinx is in Giza and is said to be the guard of Khafra’s pyramid as it stands just in front of it.

Legends About Sphinx

There are several stories about The Sphinx which relate to the many mysteries and powers of the Sphinx. Many people believe that there many hidden passageways and rooms which are just underneath it but nothing has been revealed about it yet.

One popular story which is often heard is about a young Prince who fell asleep just next to Sphinx. He was hunting the whole day and was extremely tired. In his dream he saw the Great Sphinx promising him, that he will soon be the ruler of Lower and Upper Egypt if he would successfully clear the sand which covered the body. The Great Sphinx had sand covered up to its neck. Nothing is known about the rest of the story.

Description
The Great Sphinx is a limestone statue carved out of a single rock. Sphinx is a mythical creature which has a lion’s body with a human head. This great monument stands on the western bank of the river Nile in Gaza. It is said that the face of this Sphinx is the representative of Pharaoh Khafra. It is famous for being the largest monolith statue, standing tall at a height of 66.34 feet. It is 241 feet long and 19.3 feet wide and is counted amongst the oldest monumental sculptures ever built by the Egyptians of Old Kingdom that was built in the times of Pharaoh Khafra.

There are many accounts and lots of conflict about the age and built of the Sphinx. It is believed that Sphinx was built in 2500 BC. In a recent revelation it was mentioned by Selim Hassan “Taking all things into consideration, it seems that we must give the credit of erecting this, the world’s most wonderful statue, to Khafre, but always with this reservation: that there is not one single contemporary inscription which connects the Sphinx with Khafre; so, sound as it may appear, we must treat the evidence as circumstantial, until such time as a lucky turn of the spade of the excavator will reveal to the world a definite reference to the erection of the Sphinx.”

Facts about Sphinx

  • The Sphinx does not have a nose. There are many theories about what happened to the nose of Sphinx, though no evidence is available about what could have happened. In an account it is revealed that Napoleon’s soldiers had blasted off the nose with cannon.
  • It is possible that the Sphinx was of many different colours as red pigment has been found on the face of Sphinx and some yellow residue has been found elsewhere too. It is highly possible that Sphinx is multicolored.
  • In the recent times there is a lot of human activity around The Sphinx which is causing a rise in the local water table. This is posing to be a huge danger for the Sphinx as it is affecting the integrity of the Sphinx. Pumps are being placed to solve the issue.
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