Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sphinx Sculptures: University Quay Sphinxes - St. Petersburg, Russia

Interesting Places I've Photographed
University Quay
St. Petersburg, Russia
Topic: Sphinx Sculptures

GPS: N59° 56.218; E030° 17.441

Quick Description: 

A pair of Egyptian sphinxes are locate at the University Quay on the Neva River in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Long Description:

A pair of 23 ton sphinxes that once stood in the Alley of Sphinxes in front of the tomb of Pharaoh Amenhotep III in Egypt. They now reside along the embankment of the Neva River at University Quay in St. Petersburg, Russia. They were discovered during archeological excavations in the 1820's.

The sculptures are carved from syenite, a type of granite, and are about 3,500 years old. Both France and Russia were interested in purchasing the sphinxes. France was able to complete the deal faster. Russia acquired them from France in 1832. The granite pedestals and piers on which the sphinxes rest were designed by architect Konstantin Ton. Since the sphinxes are exposed to harsh winter conditions, they have been restored several times, most recently in 2003.

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