When one thinks of sphinxes one normally thinks of Egypt. But the mythical creatures have settled in different parts of Europe. They often appear in twos.
This magnificent sphinx looks down from the top of the National Gallery in Edinburgh.
This more modern interpretation of a sphinx sits on Victoria Square in Birmingham.
Even more modern is this standing sphinx seen near the lake in Böblingen. Unfortunately, a victim of a bad paint job.
Sphinxes seem to be drawn to museums. This Art Nouveau specimen crowns the cupola of the Wiesbaden museum together with two non-sphinx companions.
And finally, this rather buxom beauty and its twin sit – of all places – in front of a tomb in a cemetery in Heidelberg.