Did you know that there is a city in Europe that has an Egyptian Sphinx on display, made of black granite?
Twelve of them were originally brought over to this town 3500 years ago.
Amazing, right?
Do you know where we need to travel to in order to see this black Sphinx?
Emperor Diocletian himself is a founder of Split city; he used to belong to divine rulers, same as pharaohs, and, to unconditionally prove it, he brought twelve sphinxes to Split after Diocletian put down a rebellion in Egypt somewhere around the year 297.
Unfortunately, only one survived and is now standing at the Peristyle.
The sphinx on the Peristyle is made of black granite. It dates back to the period of pharaoh Tuthmosis III who lived from 1479 until 1425 BC. She holds a vessel for offerings in her hands.
Second one is the one that probably stood opposite from the previous one, and is now in the Archeology Museum after being donated in 1875. by one of Split noble families. This one is a little bit smaller, and made probably around 1,400 BC, maybe for one of temples in Thebe.
The same museum holds several other fragments. For example, back part of the one made of white stone, or head made of red granite found in Salona.
During excavations around Vestibule small black granite Sphynx was found beheaded This one is now in one of the halls of Palace’s substructures. There we can also see the small fragment of front legs and chest made of red granite.


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