The Great Sphinx of Giza is a large stone statue, one of the largest single-stone statues in existence. A sphinx is a mythological creature, a chimera, part animal part human. Ancient Egyptian sphinxes consist of the body of a lion and the head of a person, usually a pharoah. Located right beside the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the Great Sphinx is often viewed as "guarding" them.
The Sphinx has been rescued from partial burial in the sand and greatly restored, if not to its complete former glory at least to a level where it can be admired and appreciated by all.