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FOPABOMB - HAVE YOU SEEN THE NOSE?

You certainly have heard about the pyramids and the legends around how they were built and I bet you also have seen at least pictures or videos of the magnetic Sphinx of Giza in Egypt, but have you ever questioned what happened to its nose?!⠀ ⠀ Well, the Legends have passed over hundreds of years, many believe that a cannonball fired by Napoleons soldiers hit the nose and caused it to break off, but Dane Frederic Louis Norden have created sketches of the Sphinx already with the broken nose in 1737, waaay before the era of Napoleon. ⠀ ⠀ So what really happened?⠀ ⠀ An Egyptian Arab historian wrote in the 15th century that the nose was actually destroyed by a Sufi Muslim named Muhammad Saim al Dahr, tired of seeing Egyptian peasants making offerings to the Great Sphinx in the hope of controlling the flood cycle, which would result in a successful harvest. Outraged by this blatant show of devotion, Saim al Dahr destroyed the nose and was later executed for vandalism. ⠀ ⠀ Whether this is absolute fact or not still hard to say, but it is definitely a very intriguing story!⠀ ⠀ #TravelTip: Beware of really really I mean really push sellers and scammers there, it is one of the most touristic places in the world and everyone is trying to make a buck. You should rather be patient, respectful and do not start chatting with a seller unless you are really interested in buying something. With that in mind keep cool and do not let it ruin your unforgettable visit to the Pyramids and the Sphinx.⠀