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Great Sphinx, Giza

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Must see · Monument · Historic Site
Undeniably one of the most iconic structures of the ancient world, Great Sphinx, a monumental sculpture depicting the mythical creature with the body of a lion and a human head, continues to overlook the surrounding landscape with a discerning gaze. Carved out of the bedrock, also used for the building of the nearby pyramids, the structure is 73 m (238 ft) long and 20.21 m (66.3 ft) high, measurements that make it one of the largest statues in the world. Most modern scholars believe it was built around 2500 BCE, with the face modeled on the pharaoh Khafra, whose tomb, the second pyramid of Giza, lies close by on the plateau. Plan to visit Great Sphinx during your Giza vacation using our convenient Giza trip planner.
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  • Not exactly what I expected. The Spanx got smaller or someone is teasing me. Lots of garbage around this magnificent moments. Now in between the pyramids the new museum is being built and is...  more »
  • Everyone from Alexander the Great to Napolean visited this spot. The Sphinx is truly unique and has watched the sands of time pass by ... Excellent narrator of the evening light show as well! ;-)  more »
  • I attended the Sound & Light show on Thursday night at 9 pm (Arabic language) it was amazing the weather was perfect but the script itself needs some modifications. I really enjoyed it first time to visit the pyramids by night and definitely won't be the last
  • Land of mysteries. Photograph of the Great Sphinx located on the Giza plateau, Egypt. Buried for the most of its life in the desert sand, an air of mystery has always surrounded the Great Sphinx, causing speculation about its age and purpose, method of construction, concealed chambers, role in prophecy and relationship to the equally mysterious pyramids. However, today the great statue is crumbling because of wind, humidity and the smog from Cairo. The Great Sphinx still hasn’t given up it’s secrets as nowadays the focus is on preservation rather than further explorations or excavations.

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