The Great Sphinx

Posted in Africa | December 14, 2010 | 1

The Great Sphinx is said to be a symbol of the essence of Egypt, and it has been one of the most photographed monuments in the land. Regardless of how many pictures you see of this great monument, while you surf the net or through photo album of a friend who recently visited, there is nothing that can prepare you for seeing it with your own two eyes. Here are some fast facts that might help you prepare yourself for this amazing feeling, must it happen soon!

The Great Sphinx of Giza – Fast Facts:
  • The Sphinx has been carved from the bedrock of the plateau of Giza. This monument is a mysterious marvel that has been here since the start of ancient Egypt. The structure is well known as being a body of the lion and having the head of a king/god. This sphinx has been known to symbolize wisdom and strength.
  • If you check the northern profile of the Sphinx, you will notice that the different proportions from the body to the head. If you look at it closely, it will seem like the head is extremely small in comparison to the entire length of the body. Given the constantly changing terrain of the desert, the body of this great monument has often been buried under the sand. In 1905, finally, the sand was cleared away so that the entirety of the Sphinx could be enjoyed. The paws of the structure are about 15 meters, the entire length of the structure makes up for about 45 meters and the head is about 10 meters long and 4 meters wide. Given the fact that some of the layers of the stone are softer than the others, there will be high degrees of erosion which would claim the original detailing of the carved figurine.
  • The current and most popular theory about the Great Sphinx is that it was commissioned by the King Khafre, who belonged to the 4th Dynasty. He was one of the songs of the King Khufu. The Sphinx is said to line up with the foot of the causeway of the Pyramid of Khafre. If you take a turn around the northeast corner, the alignment of these two structures becomes apparent.
  • The head of the Sphinx has taken the maximum amount of battering and it is said to be badly eroded at many places. Traces of the original paint can be seen near one of the ears. It was said to be very colorful. Since that point in time, the beard and nose of the face has broken away. There were theories that suggested Napoleon’s men shot off the nose. However, drawings from the 18th century have revealed that the nose had been missing from even before Napoleon’s arrival here.

At night, you could be part of a sound and light performance, which uses the Sphinx as its backdrop. This show is said to be a treat for anyone who is interested in knowing the history of the land of Egypt.

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