The sphinx has been an important symbol in the lives of many Egyptians throughout history. Thought to be a spiritual guardian with a pharaoh headdress, the creatures were often a part of the architecture or inner art of tombs and burials. The image of the almighty sphinx was later spread to areas like Asia and Greece around 15th to 16th century B.C and was used for a similar purpose.
The Great Sphinx is believed to have been erected for Pharaoh Khafre. It is the oldest and largest of the Giza pyramids, of which there are three. Though we think of the statue as being sand-colored, the red hues underneath have suggested to archeologists that it was once painted red. It is also thought that the pyramids could have been built in an effort to communicate with gods.
Strangely, there is still much unknown about these massive burials and why they were created. Pharohs who have been linked to the structure include Khufu, Djedefre, Amenemhat II, and others who have all been brought up when discussing who built the pyramid. It might even be older than experts originally thought, and it has been thought to be from around 2500 BC!
As it turns out, there is still much unknown about this legendary building. Restoration efforts have been in progress since the 1950s, but they may not be enough. The wind, humidity, and pollution of Egypt have all contributed to the deterioration of the Sphinx. Nevertheless, experts will continue to try to uncover the longheld mysteries of this majestic temple...