After years of reconstructive surgery, Egypt's oldest man-lion is ready to show his new and improved face to the world...
A four year-long facelift seems appropriate for someone who has been around for over 4000 years so the Sphinx's restoration taking this long should come as no surprise. The good news is that he recovered from the procedure that saw him being unable to accept any visitors and is now going to present his new, refurbished appearance to the general public.
The restoration of the Sphinx saw the replacement of stones on the left side of the lion with the head of a man that had showed minor cracks. His breast and neck were also reconstructed and coated with a layer of a protective substance that is to protect the lion man from erosion and make sure that he can stick around for another 4000 years. The damages the statue had before have been sufficiently remedied so that in the near future tourists can have a close look at the world's biggest Sphinx again.
Antiquities Minister Mohammed al-Damati did not want to name a date yet but soon it will be possible for tourists to walk the Sphinx's courtyard again. Carved from a single ridge of stone, the monument sits in front of the Great Pyramids of Giza, therefore benefitting from a backdrop that features the last remaining Ancient World Wonder of the World. Along with the reopening of the Sphinx, the small temple attached to it will be accessible for tourists once again as well. For those who do not want to wait, the smallest of the Great Pyramids, the Menkaure pyramid, will reopen on Monday after three years of restoration.