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Egypt will allow visitors to get close to the Sphinx

Egypt will allow visitors to get close to the Sphinx
10 Nov 2014

People who are planning a trip to Egypt in the hopes of experiencing some of the most famous sites in the world are in luck as it has been revealed that tourists will soon be able to get close up to the iconic Sphinx.

The limestone monument, which is carved from one single ridge of stone and features a half-man half-lion, has been under restoration for the past four years, meaning that those looking to get the perfect photo have been unable to do so.

Soon enough, the courtyard in front of the Sphinx will re-open. However there hasn’t been an official date confirmed as to when this will happen, but there is no doubt that this will further entice tourists to the area.

The restoration involved replacing some of the slabs on the left hand side of the Sphinx, as well as refurbishing the monument’s chest and neck to prevent any further erosion, in the hopes that visitors can enjoy this important part of history for many years to come.

Mohammad al-Saidi, who supervised the restoration said: “Once the courtyard is opened, tourists can walk around the Sphinx’ meaning that they can truly take in the wonder that is the ancient site."

Known as Chepren by the Greeks, the Sphinx was created in the fourth dynasty by the pharaoh Khafre. There have been many legends told about it, of which most focus on the sheer mystery and power that the Sphinx upholds, as well as the rumours of hidden rooms and passageways underneath, although this has yet to be confirmed.

It is not just the Sphinx which will be opened either, as the antiques minister, Mohammed al-Damati, said that a small temple, which was built next to the Sphinx by pharaoh Amenhotep II of the 18th dynasty, will open to the public for the first time.

The smallest of the three Great Pyramids of Giza, the Menkaure pyramid, reopened today (10 November) also, following three years of work.ADNFCR-408-ID-801759319-ADNFCR

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