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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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  • Since I was a boy, I wanted to visit the Great Sphinx. What a true marvel and something that I never thought that I’d see. I highly recommend if you have the opportunity! 
    Since I was a boy, I wanted to visit the Great Sphinx. What a true marvel and something that I never thought that I’d see. I highly recommend if you have the opportunity!  more »
  • Its' characteristics and reputation precede it.. You can only view from the sides and cannot access the lower area (ground level). It is still a must visit location, especially as you can take in the....  more
    Its' characteristics and reputation precede it.. You can only view from the sides and cannot access the lower area (ground level). It is still a must visit location, especially as you can take in the....  more »
  • The majesty of the Great Sphinx is greatly diminished by the circus going on around it… unfortunately my abiding memory of the visit will be 'frenzied white noise' instead or realizing that one is... 
    The majesty of the Great Sphinx is greatly diminished by the circus going on around it… unfortunately my abiding memory of the visit will be 'frenzied white noise' instead or realizing that one is...  more »
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  • Amazing experience …just to be there .. unbelievable that it’s built 4000 yrs back… only Ancient wonder that still intact … trips can be made easily from Cairo ( 5 hrs round trip) and better to have through local car and guide
  • If you're ever in the area, make sure to check out the Great Sphinx of Giza – it's definitely a must-see in life! This iconic statue is located on the west bank of the Nile River, and it's one of the oldest and largest statues in the world. With its impressive size and mysterious history, it's no wonder that the Sphinx is such a popular tourist destination.
  • Standing so close to the Great Sphinx of Giza is breathtaking. Amazing to finally see the Sphinx after reading about Egyptian history in our school books. The area for viewing the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx is quite large so you never really feel too crowded.
  • What words can explain the feeling you get standing just 50 or so yards away from one of the recognized moments in the world. My daughters were over come with excitement truing to kiss the Sphinx. Learning about the Sphinx does not compare to the experience of being here. Please. They Egyptian people are amazing. If you get a chance come visit this amazing country.
  • Amazing to see in real life! We visited late in the day and the site was very crowded. Might be better early in the day. We were not able to go right up to it and touch it like with the pyramids. Looks like they are doing some restoration. Still able to get close enough for some great pictures!

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