Where is the Sphinx located?
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Where is the Sphinx located?

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The Sphinx is located in Giza, Egypt. The Sphinx is situated on the west bank of the Nile River on the Giza Plateau. It is the largest monolith statue in the world and is over 60 feet high, 241 feet long and 63 feet wide.

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A sphinx is a mythological creature that has the body of a lion but the head of a human. The face of the Sphinx is believed to depict the Egyptian pharaoh, Khafra. The Sphinx is thousands of years old, but there is some controversy over exactly how old it is. The nose of the Sphinx was removed in 1378 by a Sufi Muslim, and further damage occurred to the face around 1800 when the French occupied the area and used the Sphinx for cannon practice.

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