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Thutmose IV found the Sphinx half-buried. Source: Kreatifquotes / Adobe Stock.

King Thutmose IV, The Pharaoh Who Found the Sphinx (Video)


King Thutmose IV, a prominent figure in ancient Egyptian history, is often associated with the remarkable discovery of the Great Sphinx. Rather than being its builder, he is known as the pharaoh who unearthed this majestic monument from the shifting sands of time. According to legend, it was during a hunting expedition that Thutmose IV found the Sphinx, half-buried and forgotten. This pivotal moment in history marked his reign with an air of destiny and divine favor.

The Sphinx, a colossal limestone statue with the body of a lion and the head of a pharaoh, had been buried beneath desert sands for centuries. As the story goes, Thutmose IV, after clearing the sands and paying homage to this enigmatic creation, received a prophetic dream in which the Sphinx promised him the throne in exchange for its restoration. True to this vision, Thutmose IV's reign brought forth an era of prosperity and stability to ancient Egypt. While Thutmose IV may not have built the Sphinx, his role in its rediscovery and restoration has left an indelible mark on history.

Top image: Thutmose IV found the Sphinx half-buried. Source: Kreatifquotes / Adobe Stock.

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