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Within the ruins was a statue of a sphinx standing on a pedestal, and around it were pillars with various pictographs. By night, the pillars lit up, and seemed to flare with unearthly fire.
During the Peloponnesian War, the site was visited by the Spartan misthios Kassandra, who was pursuing one of the artifacts needed to seal Atlantis. There, Kassandra defeated the sphinx by answering its riddles correctly. She then claimed the artifact masquerading as one of the Sphinx's feathers.