Alabaster Sphinx, Cairo

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The largest calcite statue ever discovered, Alabaster Sphinx beckons visitors with outstretched paws. Discovered in 1912, the sphinx was carved out of a yellowish calcite monolith in honor of an unknown pharaoh between 1700 BCE and 1400 BCE. Weighing an estimated 90 tons, the monument is 8 m (26 ft) long and 4 m (13 ft) wide, and its facial features resemble three pharaohs. Using our world travel planner, Cairo attractions like Alabaster Sphinx can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • As part of our overall tour, we visited the ancient capital of Egypt at Memphis. Although there did not appear to be much in the way of temples or historical sites (the current town probably sits...  more »
  • The so called Alabaster Sphinx that sits in the Mit Rahina Museum was discovered in 1912, and is a monument to an unknown pharaoh of the 18th dynasty. Often attributed to Hatshepsut, Amenhotep II or.....  more »

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