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View from the east

The Sphynx Temple lies directly in front (east) of the Sphynx. It is constructed of megalithic blocks of locally quarried limestone. The Temple itself appears is unfinished. The layout suggest that the Sphynx temple used used for solar worship. 24 red granite pillars formed a colonnaded courtyard and ambulatory around a central courtyard. Ricke suggest that the 24 pillars represent the 24 hours of the day and night. The Sphynx is unique in having 2 sanctuaries, one one the east and the other on the west. The Sphynx Temple is considered the be first solar oriented temple associated with a pyramid complex.

The Sphynx Temple

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