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14 May 2020

Egypt moves ancient sphinxes to Tahrir Square, Cairo

In spite of complaints from archaeologists, Egyptian authorities have relocated four ancient statues of sphinxes from a 4,000-year-old temple to Tahrir Square. Tahrir Square is the congested traffic circle in the heart of downtown Cairo.

A sphinx statue has the body of a lion and the head of another creature. The sphinxes that were moved had the heads of rams (male sheep).

Archaeologists have criticized this step and expressed their fear that the city’s high air pollution could damage the artifacts.

Mostafa Waziri, the head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the four sphinxes would remain in large wooden boxes in the square, until they are revealed.