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8 Cool Fun Facts About the Egyptian Sphinx

Monument Name: Great Sphinx of Giza.

Location: Giza Pyramid Complex, Giza, Egypt, Africa.

Have you ever seen the Great Sphinx? It’s a really cool Egyptian statue that has a human head and a lion’s body. It’s huge! Did you know that it’s over 4,500 years old? That’s ancient! People are still finding new things about it today. But do you know what rock the Sphinx is made of? How old is it? Or why it’s famous? Learn 8 Cool Fun Facts About the Egyptian Sphinx!

Keep reading to learn more about this mysterious statue!

1. The Sphinx acts like a scary guard dog.

In Ancient Egypt, important leaders (called Pharaohs) ordered people to build sphinx statues to guard meaningful places like tombs and temples. One theory thinks that the Great Sphinx is guarding the pyramids of Giza! 

2. A Sphinx is a mythological creature.

The Sphinx has the body of a lion but the head of a person. The Great Sphinx of Giza is the most famous Sphinx in the world! 

3. The Sphinx is carved out of only one rock.

That’s right, the Sphinx was carved out of a single giant block of limestone! 

4. The Sphinx of Giza is missing its nose.

Even though archaeologists, historians, and scientists have many ideas of what could have happened to the Sphinx’s nose, no one knows for sure. It’s still a mystery! But we know that the Sphinx’s nose was 1 meter wide.

5. We still don't know for sure who built the statue!

Historians have speculated for centuries as to who originally constructed the Sphinx and why they did so. There are two main theories. The first is that Pharaoh Khafre had it built in honor of his father, Khufu. The second theory says that the Sphinx was created much earlier than previously thought, around 2500 BC or even 4000 BC! But no one knows for sure who built it or when it was built. Since the Sphinx has no inscriptions to tell us who made it, archaeologists, historians, and scientists are still searching for the answers today! What do you think?

6. Back in Ancient Egypt, the Sphinx was painted vibrant colors!

The Great Sphinx nowadays matches its surroundings- sand-colored. But it wasn’t always like that! The Sphinx used to be painted in vibrant red, blue and yellow. We know this because remnants of these colors were found on the statue’s face and body. 

7. Tourists used to climb the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.

Luckily, the Egyptian government banned climbing the pyramids and the Sphinx in the 1960s to preserve these beautiful and detailed Ancient Egyptian monuments! 

8. The Great Sphinx of Giza is the largest sculpture in human history.

The Sphinx is 241 feet long, 20 feet wide, and 66 feet high!

Now you know that the Great Sphinx of Giza is one of the most well-known monuments in Egypt, and it’s been around for over 4500 years… 

But how did the Egyptians build such a huge monument without modern technology or power tools like we know today? 

That makes our heads spin too! 

Some experts say that ancient Egyptians used ramps made out of mud bricks covered by sand. Others say they carved the Sphinx out using hammers and chisels. What do YOU think? 

Pretty cool, right?

If you want to learn more about Ancient Egypt and Archaeology, just keep exploring Elapen’s blog posts, check out some of our cool DIY projects, or play some online games. Whatever you decide, get ready to go on an amazing educational adventure! 

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