I know; I did not make a blog post on the Third and Final US Presidential Debate. Both candidates had strong performances. However, my post today focuses on the Great Sphinx of Giza (say that five times super fast!).
The Great Sphinx has many legends concerned with it, and it’s hard to distinguish truth from myth. It is one of the world’s oldest statues from Egypt, and features a man’s face and a lion’s body. The builder of the Sphinx is also disputed; most Egyptologists say that the pharaoh Khafra built it in 2500 BC, but others say that the builder was in fact the pharaoh Khufu, Khafra’s father, also the builder of the Great Pyramid of Giza. (It would be interesting if it was built by Khufu. He would probably be called the Great Pharaoh)
There is also something missing from the Great Sphinx; its nose. There is a legend that French troops under Napoleon himself blew off the nose with a cannonball during the Battle of the Pyramids in 1798. Napoleon invaded Egypt unsuccessfully during that time. However, there are records of the nose being gone before the French even arrived in Egypt, so the thought is up for debate.
Regardless of who made it or how the nose was destroyed, the Great Sphinx of Egypt has withstood the test of time, and has fascinated many people. It certainly is a wonder of the world!