Luxor’s Sphinx Once Sported a Nose Ring

We are not making this up.

A friend of ours took a photo of the Great Sphinx of Giza replica at Luxor when it was being built.

It was the summer of 1993, which isn’t as catchy a title as the song’s, but let’s keep our eye on the prize here.

As the Sphinx was being constructed, it had a curious bit of “jewelry” that, in retrospect, makes it seems ahead of its time, fashionwise.

That’s right, Luxor’s Sphinx had a nose ring.

Luxor Sphinx nose ring

Thanks to our pal Tom Jones IV for the epic photo.

Who knows what the ring was for. It’s awesome, and we are not personally a facial ornamentation person.

Luxor opened on Oct. 15, 1993, after just 18 months of construction, at a cost of $375 million.

The Sphinx has endured despite efforts to de-theme the Strip resort. In 2007, MGM Resorts spent about $300 million to remove Egypt-inspired elements inside the resort and to renovate all the rooms.

Luxor Las Vegas

Luxor’s design is distinctive, to say the least. In fact, the hotel doesn’t use elevators, it uses “inclinators.”

Unlike many of the replicas in Las Vegas, like the half-scale Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas or one-third-scale Statue of Liberty at New York-New York, the Sphinx is actually bigger than the original.

Luxor’s Sphinx is 110 feet tall.

Some believe the Sphinx at Luxor was built facing the wrong direction. The Luxor Sphinx faces east. The original faces west. This, among other things (like mysterious deaths and the fact Egyptians used pyramids as tombs), has led the superstitious to think Luxor may be cursed.

People be crazy.

The Sphinx is just one of the distinctive features of Luxor Las Vegas. There’s the beam of light, of course, that can be seen from 250 miles away on a clear night.

There’s also an obelisk, one of the most distinctive phallic objects in Las Vegas.


And you thought stepping on a Lego was painful.

Luxor also boasts the world’s largest atrium, at 29 million cubic feet. No, we do not know what a cubic foot is, just play along.

While 80% of the Luxor’s original theme has been removed, we’re still a fan of these iconic themed resorts, curse be damned.

6 thoughts on “Luxor’s Sphinx Once Sported a Nose Ring

  1. Photoncounter

    My daughter stayed there last year as part of a convention (cheaper alternative to MB). Sent me pictures of peeling and faded wallpaper, torn carpet and mold in the shower. I’m sure it is cursed by everyone who stays there.

    MGM has plenty of money after ripping off everyone for parking, they should renovate that dump again.

    1. Bouldersteve

      A friend stayed there last week and said the rooms needed a refresh so I guess nothing has changed since your daughters stay

    2. Todd Sterling

      I stayed at the Luxor for my first trip to Las Vegas back in 2003. I didn’t like it then and I promised myself I’d never stay there again. The elevators (inclinations) in the pyramid only stop on certain floors so heaven forbid you get on the wrong elevator. But the real turning point is I laid my suitcase right next to the air conditioning unit but little did I know that the ac unit was leaking water into the carpet. My suitcase and clothes sucked all the water up from the carpet. That was a heck of a start to my first night in Las Vegas. Needless to say my dry cleaning was comped and they upgraded our room but the upgraded room wasn’t much better

  2. LasVegasJunkie

    That Sphink was wearing a nose ring before it was cool to do so… totally hipster of that Sphinx to do so.

  3. RustyHammer

    Only morons want to stay in a pyramid-shaped casino with Egyptian decor. The sane, safe and consensual world wants a generic, homogenous interior. And flatbread casserole.


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