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Egyptian Sphinxes, St. Petersburg

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  • One of the most romantic places in Petersburg. Here great frequenting white nights. When a few people well go down to the water and sit, listening to the lapping. Winged bronze figures relies ironed throwing desire.
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  • If you want to see these sphynxes of ancient Egypt, then go on University embankment of vasilyevsky island in St. Petersburg (the nearest metro stations are "Vasileostrovskaya", "Admiralty"). Here on massive pedestals majestically settled one of the most mystical guardians of the city on the Neva-2 Sphinx Pharaoh Amenhotep III (it is believed that his face at sculptures) aged about 3.5 thousand years. Granite Giants were found during excavations on the territory of the ancient capital of Egypt (the city of Thebes) and sold to the Russian Empire in the first half of the 19 century. St. Petersburg citizens believe that facial expression during the day Sphynx is changing their image in the evening becomes more sinister. But at the same time polul'vy-half are custodians of the city on the Neva is considered that their presence on the waterfront "calmed down" the Neva and prevented a large number of floods.  Company mysterious Sphinxes represent 4 bronze Gryphon, nestled at the foot of them. According to a legend the Griffins can fulfill the desire. There are many versions about the way in which the fulfillment of dreams at the Griffin must ask. Some of us have voiced during the tour "Mystical Petersburg: 1. put your hand into the mouth of Griffin and Pat him on the head; 2. with one hand stroking Griffin on the head, the other keep-right tooth and, at the same time look into the eyes of the nearest Sphinx; 3. a few times say in his ear "Griffon, Griffon, Gimme a million." :) Funny but curious-what happens? Sphinxes and griffins very conveniently located, so their visit can be combined with other attractions of the northern capital-such as Rostral Palace and the Kunstkammer on vasilyevsky island or monument Copper rider and Isakievskogo Cathedral on the other Bank of the Neva River.
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  • Sphinxes in St. Petersburg is a special story. These mythical creatures, ancient Egyptian art attributes, guarding our city since the 19th century. The expression persons Sphinxes varies during the day. From morning to noon, it is calm and serene, and then it becomes ominous and threatening. Some Petersburgers and visitors who know about it, specially come to sphynxes nered sunset to see the moment of mood swings of those monuments. But impressionable people better not to do so. Sphinxes On University Embankment, stood at the entrance to the majestic temple built near Thebes in Egypt. Their age about 3.5 thousand. years. They were constructed for the Temple of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Heads of Sphinxes are portrait images of the Pharaoh, among other things the son-in-law of Nefertiti. Sphynxes in this place in a radius of 100 meters. Yes, yes they are. The two don't notice is not possible, and here's the third ... It is located on the helmet of the goddess of wisdom and patroness of the State of Arts and crafts Minerva. The bronze statue which is crowned by a dome of the building of the Academy of arts. To the 300 anniversary of the statue of was restored by the sculptor z. Tsereteli.
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