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Great Sphinx of Giza
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Great Sphinx of Giza

Wonder Type: Cultural
Country: Egypt
Best of: Statue
The Great Sphinx of Giza (The Terrifying One; literally: Father of Dread), commonly referred to as the Sphinx of Giza or just the Sphinx, is a limestone statue of a reclining or couchant sphinx (a mythical creature with a lion's body and a human head) that stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt. The face of the Sphinx is generally believed to represent the face of the Pharaoh Khafra. It faces directly West to East.
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