A replica of the Great Sphinx of Giza has been demolished after protests from the Egyptian government who claimed that the copy harmed the cultural heritage of Egypt.
The model belongs to Hebei Great Wall Film Studios and is located in Shijiazhuang, north China’s Hebei province, the People’s Daily Online reports.
The statue was torn down on April 2.
The sphinx measured 65 feet high and 196 feet wide – almost the same size as the original in Egypt. It was built in 2014 by the film production company.
Chinese media reported that the copycat Sphinx statue had been built as a film set.
The company also constructed replicas of the Temple of Heaven and the Louvre Pyramid.
Upon its completion, authorities in Egypt filed a complaint to UNESCO in May 2014 saying that Egyptian authorities should have been notified of its creation was to shoot film and TV, in line with international conventions.
Dave, Wimbledon England, United Kingdom, 11 hours ago
Imitation is the highest form of flattery.
Boondocker, Roscommon, United States, 14 hours ago
The only thing that was harmed in Egypt was tourist dollars. If they get the place sorted and can guarantee safety to visitors they won’t have to worry about competition from a place as far away as China.
Pepper Sanchez, Palo Seco, Costa Rica, 16 hours ago
“..harmed the cultural heritage of Egypt.” — Egyptian culture has been going downhill for a long time.
Far Queue, knowhere, United Kingdom, 16 hours ago
Egypt complained lol.
WNM, Phoenix, United States, 15 hours ago
The nose was broken long before Napoleon’s time.