HERE IS AN OLD PHOTO of the "Great Spinx" from 1882. It appears to be either French or British soldiers climbing all over it. As we can see, the face of the Sphinx is destroyed. That was done fairly recent (historically). When Napoleon's soldiers was there, they aimed their cannons at the face and fired several shots. That was enough to destroy the nose and some of the face. It is said they did this because they did not like the looks of the face.