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Great Sphinx, Giza

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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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  • Exceptional! Booked through Viator, and facilitated by Pheobe as my tour guide, and Ahmed as our driver. Pheobe provided fantastic orientation on each stage of our tour which included many sites... 
    Exceptional! Booked through Viator, and facilitated by Pheobe as my tour guide, and Ahmed as our driver. Pheobe provided fantastic orientation on each stage of our tour which included many sites...  more »
  • Don't waste time with the kiss pose but just admire it all round. There a walk beside it. Shame the nose is missing. 
    Don't waste time with the kiss pose but just admire it all round. There a walk beside it. Shame the nose is missing.  more »
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  • The Sphinx is a statue of a mythical creature with a lion's body and a human head, carved from limestone, and it is likely that it was originally covered with a layer of plaster and colored, and traces of the original colors are still visible next to one of its ears. Located on the Giza plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt, the Great Sphinx is also the guardian of the plateau
  • Not at all my highlight of the area, and super busy with people taking selfies and group pictures, but it is indeed a place I had always dreamt about visiting. It is so big that is is pretty amazing, I specially liked seen the backside of it with the lion's tail, and the stone bricks at the base. There is a nice view without people from the outcrop north of the sphinx!

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