Sphinx, a mythological creature with a lion’s body and a human head, an important image in Egyptian and Greek art and legend. While the famous Great Sphinx of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo is the best known, there are a number of smaller sphinx statues in Luxor.
Now, during the development of Al-Kabbash Road project, labors discovered mysterious sphinx at the site of a road connecting Luxor Temple and the Temple of Karnak.
General Director of Luxor Antiquities Mohamed Abdel Aziz said, “The ministry is currently working on lifting the statue because due to the nature of the environment it is in, it cannot be extracted directly from its place.”
He added, “Ministry has even invited tourists to visit Al-Kabbash road to see the statue.”
The newly uncovered sphinx is the latest treasure imparted by Luxor’s ancient Al-Kabbash Road, much of which is lined with the magnificent stone creatures.
Egyptologist Bassam al-Shamma said, “the discovery of this sphinx statue was not a surprise, as there are so many similar sculptures in the region. Authorities are trying to figure out a safe way to extract this latest precious find from the ground.”
Scientists also believe that they may have found the secret of the Great Pyramid’s near-perfect alignment.