Natural rock with a striking resemblance to one of the ancient sphinx statues has been attracting tourists in Saudi Arabia.
The large rock formation was spotted in the village of Aba Al-Hiran in the Hail region located in Saudi Arabia.
It is unclear when it was first discovered, but after images started to go viral on social media, it has been recently reported on by the local press.
The images show the monument which was dubbed ‘The Sphinx of Saudi Arabia’ by some local papers due to its incredible resemblance to the world-famous Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt.
One picture shows an up-close view of what appears to be the head while others show a larger view of the bizarre rock formation which rests on top of a larger stone.
According to a report by the Al-Youm program broadcast by ‘Al-Akhbariya’ channel, the formation was created naturally through weather conditions that lead to eroding the large stone until its current state which is now visited by both local and international tourists.
However, the parallel is reportedly so uncanny that some ancient history researchers and astronomers have suggested further study should be done to confirm it is not originally man-made.
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