These mysterious creatures decorate the Embankment in front of the Academy of Arts. The one Sphinx looks at the Hermitage museum where its motherland relics are kept and Peter and Paul Fortress. the other one looks at East, Finish gulf and its distant motherland. Those sphinxes survived 35 centuries, they were watched by Great Pharaohs, Russian Emperors and many our citizens. They have been in Saint-Petersburg for 178 years and for that short time they have witnessed 4 revolutions and 2 empires dissolutions.
What will be next the Sphinxes will have to watch and survive although they are immortal and will live till Petersburg exists itself?
Alexander Pushkin, Great Russian poets used to walk near sphinxes and try to guess their mystery. Probably you will have that chance to travel to Saint-Petersburg and touch that mystery and who knows perhaps you will manage to find a clue. Those sphinxes are about 3500 years old and in spite of their age they wed with the granite city itself. Their faces slightly smile and their mysterious look under almond eyes raise up many legends.
In 21st century people believe that sphinxes settled down in Petersburg and became a part of the city. Nowadays it is one of the favorite place among newly-weds and citizens. Sphinxes symbolize power, intelligence and dark talent. They are guards to Death Gates and there are people who believe Sphinxes can make you mad while staring at then other people on the contrary crave for its touch to obtain good luck and happiness.
There is an interesting fact: one can never see birds resting on Sphinxes sculptures though there are plenty of birds near the statues along the embankment. Tourists can easily catch the sight of sculptures and touch them if they travel across Lieutenant Schmidt Bridge and turn right, on the opposite side there will Academy of Art and next it there is Rumyantsev Garden.
There are however other sphinxes in the city and in spite of being much younger than the Egyptian ones they are equally interesting for their story is related to the terrible days of Stalin's terror in Russia. They are the youngest Petersburg sphinxes which decorate Robespierre embankment.
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