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Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 100: The sphinx (C) is pictured near the pyramids of Menkaure (R) and Khafre in Giza, during its reopening ceremony November 9, 2014. The Great Sphinx of Giza, which sits next to the ancient Pyramids, reopens after undergoing major restoration work, including repairs to its worn out base, in a ceremony attended by the country's top officials, including Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany (EGYPT - Tags: SOCIETY TRAVEL)

Great Sphinx of Giza in Giza, Egypt

Standing on the Giza Plateau on the western bank of Nile River, the Great Sphinx of Giza is a limestone statue of a mythical creature — body of a lion and head of a human. The face is believed to be that of the Pharaoh Khafre, during whose reign (2575-2465 B.C.) it was built; however there is no substantial scientific proof. 

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