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"The Great Sphinx. It's smaller than I expected."
―Bayek upon visiting the Sphinx, 48 BCE.[src]
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The Great Sphinx

The Great Sphinx of Giza, often known simply as the Sphinx, is a limestone sphinx statue located in Giza, Egypt.

Easily one of Egypt's more recognizable monuments, it lies within the Giza necropolis, a short distance to the east from the Pyramid of Khafre, and represents the mythical creature for which it is named. It is widely believed to be a monument to Khafre, built during the Old Kingdom.[1]


Dating from the Fourth dynasty, approximately 2600 to 2500 BCE, the Great Sphinx of Giza is the largest and oldest Egyptian monument that is still standing. It was carved from a natural limestone outcrop and measures 19.8 meters tall, 73.2 meters long, and 14 meters wide.[2]

The modern Egyptian Arabic name is أبو الهول (Abū al Hūl, English: The Terrifying One, literally: "Father of Dread"), which is derived from Balhoula, in Coptic.[3]


During his time traveling Egypt, Bayek encountered the Sphinx and explored a series of tunnels hidden below the statue, leading him to the Isu ruin of Eesfet Oon-m'Aa Poo.[4] The Medjay also visited the market set up in the colonnade near the monument during his search for the member of the Order of the Ancients known as the Hyena.[5]




  1. Assassin's Creed: OriginsDiscovery Tour – "The Riddles of the Sphinx" – When Was It Built & Who Does It Represent?
  2. Assassin's Creed: OriginsDiscovery Tour – "The Riddles of the Sphinx" – The Great Sphinx Of Giza
  3. Assassin's Creed: OriginsDiscovery Tour – "The Riddles of the Sphinx" – Use of Limestone
  4. Assassin's Creed: Origins
  5. Assassin's Creed: OriginsThe Hyena

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