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The Egyptian sphinx is an ancient iconic mythical creature usually comprised of a recumbent lion – an animal with sacred solar associations – with a human head, usually that of a pharaoh.The Great Sphinx of Giza is sited on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile River, facing due east, with a small temple between its paws. The face of the Great Sphinx is believed to be the head of the pharaoh Khafra (often known by the Hellenized, transformed by the Greeks, version of his name, Chephren), which would date its construction to the Fourth Dynasty (2723 BCE – 2563 BCE). However, there are some alternative theories that re-date the Sphinx to pre-Old Kingdom – and, according to one hypothesis, to prehistoric – times.
The Arabic name of the Great Sphinx, Abu al-Hôl, translates as "Father of Terror". The Greek name "Sphinx" was applied to it in Antiquity though it has the head of a man, not a woman.

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Surely - 10/10 !
 

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10! Can't believe there wasn't a thread made about this ages ago, I heard the Sphinx's face is collapsing is that true?
 

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10/10 One of the most instantly recognizable icons of the world
 

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Valia said:
one the more beautiful and charming sculptures at world
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And my favourite one!!
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10/10 A masterpiece.
 
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