Great Sphinx of Giza
Who doesn’t know him? World famous and magical, it has fascinated people all over the world for thousands of years. The mythical animal with the body of a lion and the head of a man of incomparable beauty surrounds you with a unique aura that fascinates everyone.
The name sphinx may come from the Egyptian word spanch, which means that which receives life. Or also for Ancient Egyptian, schesep ankh, a living image. Of course, there are other sphinxes outside of Egypt, one of them is the sphinx of Hatshepsut. It is on display at the MET of Art in New York.
The nose of the Great Sphinx
The absence of the nose as well as the goatee has become one of the salient features of the Sphinx and also a distinctive distinguishing feature. Numerous legends surround their disappearance.
In fact, the nose was cut off by a sheikh named Mohammed Saim el – Dar in 1378, as documented by records. This sheikh was known as an iconoclast, a person who liked to destroy monuments.
The Pyramids & the Sphinx
There were a large number of sphinxes in ancient Egypt, but the great sphinx at the pyramids of Giza and the pyramids are inextricably linked. You can’t imagine one without the other. They are the symbol, pride and emblem of all Egypt.