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The Great Sphinx is an enormous monument made out of limestone that resembles the body of a lion and the head of a man. It was built by Egyptian slaves about forty hundred years ago during the reign of King Chephren. It is over two hundred forty feet long (almost the length of a football field) and sixty six feet high.

The Great Sphinx stands in front of three great pyramids, named for the Pharaoh's who had built them, Cheops, Chephren, and Mycerinus their Greek names, but in the old Egyptian language they were called Khuphu, Khaphra, and Menkaure. They were father, son and grandson. Most experts agree that the Great Sphinx was built during the reign of Chephren (Khaphra), and that the face of the Sphinx is of him. The lion was a very powerful symbol in ancient Egypt. It represented strength and courage. Chephren probably had the Sphinx built because he wanted a great tribute to himself and didn't want to look like he was insulting his father by building a bigger pyramid.

So Chephren built a smaller pyramid, but also built the Great Sphinx.

For thousands of years people have been wondering how the ancient Egyptians built the pyramids and the Great Sphinx, since they didn't have a lot of technology as we do. All they really had were hand tools mad out of stone and copper. The quarries that they mined limestone were many miles away from the Giza Plateau and they didn't have any kind of transportation as we do. It is also hard to believe that they could've cut those thousand pound blocks so precisely and drag them to the site of the pyramids and then carry them into place without damaging them. The gaps between the blocks are so tight that...