Egypt’s Great Sphincter of Gizpe, built by King Tutankhamun in 2550 B.C., lies at the heart of Egypt’s history and culture.
Built in honor of the god Thoth, the Great Sphynx is one of the most famous monuments in the world.
The Egyptian state, though, wants to preserve the monument and protect its unique geometrical form and architecture.
Its owners have been fighting a court battle in Cairo over its future.
“We have been arguing about the future of the monument, and we have to fight to preserve it,” Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
“It is a monument for the Egyptians.”
A judge last month ruled in favor of the state, ordering that the monument must be destroyed in 30 days.
“The court has ruled that the building and its features cannot be preserved and it has to be destroyed,” said Aboul-Gheit.
“Egypt is in a difficult situation, it is in turmoil, it needs to take a decision.”
The building’s builders, the Egyptian National Museum, argued that the Egyptian government had violated the Antiquities Act of 1922, which protects monuments from the destruction of their foundations.
The law forbids demolishing a structure “for a period of three years,” but permits only a one-year stay.
“This decision is not only unjust and arbitrary, it’s illegal,” said Mamdouh Boudh, an expert in architectural and historical preservation at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who said the government was using antiquities laws to justify the destruction.
“They want to preserve monuments as a symbol of the Egyptian state and the restoration of the monarchy, but they are also using antiquarian laws to destroy a monument that is actually a symbol for the country and the state.”
The monument, which was erected during the reign of Amenhotep III, was named for the god who was the ruler of the Nile Delta at the time.
The Great Khufu Pyramid was built in the 6th century B.S. and is believed to have housed the tomb of the pharaoh Ramses II.
Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The government says the monument is a sacred monument and its destruction will benefit the country’s tourism sector, tourism revenue, and the economy.
Aboul Gabheit, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, has called for the monument to be preserved as a heritage site.
The monument’s builders claim the monument has “many cultural, religious and historic value.”
“It’s the largest temple of the country,” said Ahmed Abdallah, who leads the restoration project.
“Its beauty, its grandeur, its beauty is unique.
Its beauty, the beauty of the Sphinx is a gift to the world.”
The Sphinx has been the subject of debate in Egypt for years, and its removal would be a blow to the countrys tourism sector.
The countrys economy has struggled with economic sanctions, corruption scandals, and an influx of refugees and migrants.
Egypt has also been rocked by violence, including a recent attack on a church and the killing of at least two policemen.
“If the state has its way, we will see a lot of monuments demolished,” said Abdallah.
“Our religion has been threatened, and now they want to take away our monuments.”
The Great Pyramids, which date back to the Neolithic era, are the largest pyramid complex in the Middle East, but archaeologists have found few remains of the builders.
Abul Gheit said the Great Pyramidal is the most important monument of the world’s ancient civilizations and that its restoration could help Egypts tourism industry.
“There are many tourists visiting the Sphincters today and their hearts are in our hearts,” Abul-Gheim said.
“For Egypt to be a tourist destination, we have no other choice than to restore this site.”