Sphinx (Romania)

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Sphinx from Bucegi

The Sphinx (Romanian: Sfinxul) is a natural rock formation in the Bucegi Natural Park which is in the Bucegi Mountains of Romania. It is located at an altitude of 2,216 metres (7,270 ft), a 10-minute walk from the Babele.

The first photo of the Great Bucegi Sphinx was probably taken in about the year 1900. This photograph was taken from a front position, not from a lateral one, as it usually appears in pictures nowadays. It only acquired its nickname, referring to the Great Sphinx of Giza, in the year 1936. The image of the sphinx appeared when the rock, having an 8 m height and a 12 m width, was watched from a certain angle. The megalith has its clearest outline on 21 November, at the time the sun goes down.[1][2][3]

In Romanian film[edit]

The Sphinx features in the 1967 film The Dacians, in which it is a place of sacrifice to the god Zalmoxis. It also plays a significant role in the 1980 film Burebista in which it is equated with the eponymous ancient Dacian king and the eternity of Romanian identity.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.tourist-informator.info/en/tourist-information/busteni/free_time_entertainment-local_attractions-sfinxul_din_bucegi_-60-busteni/
  2. ^ http://www.travelworld.ro/romanesc/legende/sfinx.php
  3. ^ Louise McTigue, ed. (2014). "Bucegi Natural Park". Nature Flip. Retrieved 17 June 2014. Latitude: 45.382416 Longitude: 25.449116. About Bucegi Natural Park: Located in south central Romania in the Bucegi Mountains, Bucegi Natural Park covers a total area of 325 km2 (~125 sq mi). Half falls within the Dâmbovita county with the remainder split relatively equally between Prahova and Brasov. Unsurprisingly, given its location, it is a mountainous landscape with caves, canyons, sinkholes, valleys and waterfalls, alongside meadows and forests. Significant features include the Babele (Old Women) and the Sphinx. 
  4. ^ Ciprian Plăiașu, "Mitul strămoșilor în „epopeea națională“: Dacii, Columna și Burebista", Historia, 20 December 2011

Coordinates: 45°24′30″N 25°28′11″E / 45.408303°N 25.469806°E / 45.408303; 25.469806