Bidirectional Sphinx

386 Views - Published on - March 19, 2015 by Vera

There are 12 sphinx statues in Saint Petersburg. I want to say a couple of words about the most iconic and the oddest ones.

The most famous are two ancient Egyptian sphinxes that are located on the University Embankment in front of the Academy of Arts. They are really Egyptian and some 3500 years ago could be found standing on the Alley of Sphinxes in front of the tomb of Pharaoh Amenhotep III.

The sphinxes discovered by French archaeologist were supposed to decorate the shores of Seine in Paris but in the end were sent to Russian emperor Nicholas I straight from Alexandria.


Now THAT’S Creepy!

Monument to the Victims of Political Repressions by Mikhail Shemyakin.

One part of sphinx’s face looks like a skull and is turned towards the infamous Kresty prison on the opposite side of the river Neva. The human part of the face is turned towards the building located in a luxury district of the city. Thus the sphinx is standing between freedom and incarceration, between life and death.