Reese is on the move again. Where in the world is our wonder boy visiting today?
Here’s a hint;
This Sphinx is one of the oldest and largest in the world!
Did you guess the Great Sphinx of Giza? You’re right!
Even though you can’t tell from Reese’s selfie, Archeologists believe this Sphinx was carved around 2500 BC. The head is meant to be the likeness of the Pharaoh Khafra. It faces the sunrise and guards the pyramid tombs of Giza.
Let’s explore Reese’s Egyptian location further;
Did you know?
- This Sphinx is a mythological creature. It has the body of a lion and the head of a person.
- It is 241 feet long, 20 feet wide, and 66 feet high!
- The eyes on the face are six feet tall, the ears are over three feet tall, and the nose would have been nearly five feet long before it was knocked off.
- It is carved out of the bedrock in a trench at the Giza site.
Unfortunately, over the past 4,500 years weather and erosion have taken their toll on the Great Sphinx. The original Sphinx had a long braided beard and a nose. It also was painted in bright colors. Archeologists think that the face and body were painted red, the beard was blue, and much of the headdress was yellow.
Thank you, Reese, for showing us the Ancient Egyptian Sphinx of Giza..
Where in the world is he off to now? Be sure to join us next week when Reese will explore another fun, fact-filled location.