The second sphinx of Egypt, long rumored, could have been unearthed by the construction workers who were building a new road.
According to local reports, a statue similar to a sphinx was found on Al-Kabbash Road, connecting the two temples of Karnak and Luxor built around 1400 BC.
Officials have confirmed that the statue has a "body of a lion with a human head".
The & # 39; second sphinx & # 39; Still did not get up from the ground, however, officials said tourists can visit the construction site to see the old statute.
No photographs of the structure have been published, confirmed the General Director of Antiques.
The Great Sphinx of Giza was discovered by the Great Pyramids on the west bank of the Nile River. It is the oldest and largest monumental sculpture known in the world.
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Reports suggest that a statue similar to a sphinx (original image) has been discovered between the ancient temples of Karnak and Luxor dating to around 1400 BC
The excavations began in the temple complexes of Karnak and Luxor, located in the ancient city of Thebes, back in 1884, according to RT.
This led to a wave of significant archaeological discoveries until around 1960, when excavation work at the sites ceased.
Construction workers discovered the & # 39; second sphinx & # 39; during a project of road works between the temples of Karnak and Luxor.
The Egyptian infrastructure project has stopped while the statue is being examined.
According to the General Director of Antiquities of the area, Mohamed Abdel Aziz, the statue still can not get up due to the nature of the environment in which it is found.
Aziz has confirmed that tourists can visit the road to see the statue for themselves, however, confirmed that no images of the statue have been published.
The Al-Kabbash Road project to excavate and restore the road began in 2005 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year at a cost of $ 12.7 million (£ 10m).
The Al-Kabbash Road project in Luxor will be completed by the end of this year at a cost of $ 12.7 million (£ 10m)
The Great Sphinx of Giza was found by the Great Pyramids on the west bank of the Nile River and is the oldest and largest monumental sculpture known in the world.
With the body of a lion and the head of a human being, the Great Sphinx of Giza is a large 239 feet (73 meters) long and 65 feet (20 meters) high.
Literally translated to "Father of the Dread", it is believed that this mythical creature resembles the pharaoh Khafre, who was the ruler at the time of construction.
It is believed that Djadefre, the elder brother of Khafra, built the Sphinx to honor his father Cheops.
With the body of a lion and the head of a human, the Great Sphinx of Giza measures a great 239 feet (73 meters) long and 65 feet (20 meters) high
It is right next to the Great Pyramid of Giza, which was built as a tomb and a symbol of eternity for Pharaoh Khufu
This would place the construction time somewhere between 2550 BC and 2450 BC.
However, the limited evidence linking the Sphinx to Khafra is circumstantial and somewhat ambiguous.
It was built during the reign of Pharaoh Khafra, and it is believed that the face of the statue was inspired by his.
Over time, it was gradually buried up to its neck in the sand, which helped preserve it before it was finally excavated in 1925.
It is right next to the Great Pyramid of Giza, which was built as a tomb and a symbol of eternity for Pharaoh Khufu.
It is 456 feet (139 meters) high, a little over nine double-decker buses stacked on top of each other.
It was the tallest structure made by man on Earth for 3,800 years and is accompanied by the smaller pyramids of Kefrén and Micerinos.
WHAT IS THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS?
The Valley of the Kings in Upper Egypt is one of the main tourist attractions of the country, located next to the pyramid complex of Giza.
Most pharaohs from dynasties XVIII to XX, who ruled from 1550 to 1069 BC, rested on tombs that were cut into the local rock.
The royal tombs are decorated with scenes from Egyptian mythology and give clues about the beliefs and funerary rituals of the time.
Almost all the tombs were opened and looted centuries ago, but the sites still give an idea of the opulence and power of the pharaohs.
Most pharaohs from dynasties XVIII to XX, who ruled from 1550 to 1069 BC, rested on tombs that were cut into the local rock. In the photo are goddess statues in the valley
The most famous pharaoh on the site is Tutankhamen, whose tomb was discovered in 1922.
Preserved until today, in the tomb there are original decorations of sacred images of, among others, the Book of the Gates or the Book of the Caverns.
These are some of the most important funerary texts found on the walls of ancient Egyptian tombs.
The Valley of the Kings in Upper Egypt is one of the main tourist attractions of the country, located next to the pyramids complex of Giza