A sphinx is a mythical creature with a lion's body and a human head or a cat head.
The sphinx, in Greek tradition, has the haunches of a lion, the wings of a great bird, and the face of a woman. She is mythicised as treacherous and merciless. Unlike the Greek sphinx which was a woman, the Egyptian sphinx is typically shown as a man (an androsphinx). In addition, the Egyptian sphinx was viewed as benevolent in contrast to the malevolent Greek version and was thought of as a guardian often flanking the entrances to temples.
In European decorative art, the sphinx enjoyed a major revival during the Renaissance. (wiki)
World Heritage Sites connected to 'Sphinx':
Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis Great Sphinx of ThebesAranjuez Two to the side of the palace, before entering the Island GardenArchaeological Site of Delphi Ancient Greek sphinx found, now in museumBlenheim Palace Budapest Opera; linkChola Temples DarasuramDelos Greek sphinx, found at the surrounding archeological site, in the Delos Museum.Hampi Depictions of Purushamriga Hattusha Mantua and Sabbioneta Two, inside the Sant'Andrea ChurchParis, Banks of the Seine Hotel de VillePotsdam The Orangerie (1791/93), with the Egyptian portal at the eastern side of the building, is guarded by a Sphinx.Prague
; linkPyramids (Memphis) Great Sphinx of GizaRegensburg Sphinx monument for Heinrich Carl Freiherrn von Gleichen, 1807Riga Eisenstein building at No 2A Albert StreetSplit Granite sphinx at the center of the palace, brought from Egypt to guard the mausoleum where the emperor Diocletian was later burriedSt. Petersburg Egyptian BridgeStudley Royal Park ; linkVatican City At the loggia decoration painted by RafaelVienna Upper Belvedere PalaceVilla d'Este Mannerist sphinx