A Memento of the Largest, Oldest Monolith Statue on Earth
Visitors to the country often called either “Mother of the World” or “Gift of the Nile” will revere this photographic souvenir from Egypt memorialized on a collectible Worldwide refrigerator magnet. This striking image is the Great Sphinx of Giza, one of the most recognized images in the world and the most visited attraction in the country of Egypt.
This photo depicts the massive stone statue in its sandy dessert setting near the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. The statue is of a gigantic stone lion that has the head of a man wearing the pleated headdress of an Egyptian Pharaoh. The Great Sphinx of Giza has long been the subject of much archaeological interest and also the center of many mythological tales.
Interesting Facts and Theories about the Great Sphinx
Although the exact date of the Sphinx’s construction is unknown, it is believed to have been built sometime around 2000 BC, during the Old Kingdom period of Egypt. Archaeologists debate whether the statue is intended to represent the god Horus, the Pharaoh Khafra, his father Pharaoh Khufu, or it may have been constructed in honor of Anubis, the Jackal God of the Necropolis.
Over the centuries the Sphinx statue has been damaged by wind, rain, and vandalism, and was mostly buried by sand until excavations from 1925 through 1936 uncovered the body of the statue. The Great Sphinx is missing its nose, which some say was shot off by a cannonball fired by Napolean, and other theories hold was deliberately pried off by a Muslim ruler who was outraged that peasants made offerings to the Sphinx praying for a good harvest.
Today, thousands of visitors come to see the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt every year, still awestruck by its massive size and the amazing feat of engineering it took to construct the monolith.