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Egypt to reopen courtyard in front of Sphinx

The Sphinx, which has been undergoing restoration.
The Sphinx, which has been undergoing restoration. Image by Keith Yahl / CC BY 2.0

Egypt is poised to reopen the courtyard in front of the Sphinx, which has been closed for the past four years while the monument was undergoing restoration. Visitors will now be able to walk right round the Sphinx to view it close up. The restoration project involved replacing slabs on the left side where cracks had appeared and giving the neck and chest a special coating to prevent further erosion. Read more: english.alarabiya.net