At the Louvre the Egyptian Department contains over 50,000 pieces housed in 20 rooms. That’s a collection some museums would die for. The Great Sphinx of Tanis, from 2000 BC, is considered to be one of the largest sphinxes outside of Egypt. Found in 1825 among the ruins of the Temple of Amun at Tanis (the capital of Egypt during the 21st and 22nd dynasties), it is inscribed with the names of the Pharaohs Ammenemes II (1929-1895 BC), Merneptah (1212-02 BC) and Shoshenq I (945-24 BC). The restoration took place on the grounds of the Crystal Palace in Sydenham Hill, London, which one can see in the first photograph.