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The Sphinx, one of most famous monuments in the world, has the body of lion and the face of a man. lt is 70 m long and 20 m high. The face of the Sphinx is said to closely resemble that of King Chephren.
The Great Sphinx is to the northeast of Chephren's Valley Temple. Where it sits was once a quarry. Chephren's workers shaped the stone into the lion and gave it their king's face over 4,500 years ago. The sphinx faces the rising sun with a temple to the front which resembles the sun temples which were built later by the kings of the 5th Dynasty. The figure was buried for most of its life in the sand, which was cleared by King Thutmose.
Courtesy of Egypt Tourism Board