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Cairo Sights

Great Sphinx

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Carved from the living rock of the pyramids plateau during the 4th Dynasty, the enigmatic limestone Sphinx is attached Pharaoh Khafre's funerary complex. The figure of a recumbent lion with a man's face wearing a nemes (traditional headdress of the pharaoh) was thought to be Khafre in the guise of Ra-Harakhte, a manifestation of the Sun God. The role of the Sphinx was to guard the vast royal necropolis that incorporated the pyramids and mastabas (large trapezoidal

tombs) on the Giza plateau, and it's visited as part of the longer visit incorporating these other monuments at the site. It's possible to get close to the Sphinx along a wide viewing platform that has been built around it, but climbing is forbidden and there's no entry into the small interior chambers (most of the sphinx, however, is solid rock).

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Fayyum Rd., Cairo, Egypt

Sight Details:

  • Sphinx £E60 (includes both Pyramids and Sphinx), Sound & Light Show £E75
  • Daily 8–6:30; Sound & Light Show (in English) Oct.–Apr., Mon.–Wed. and Fri.–Sat. 6:30 pm, Thurs. 7:30 pm, Sun. 9:30 pm; May–Sept., Mon.–Wed. and Fri.–Sat. 8:30 pm, Thurs. 9:30 pm, Sun. 11:30 pm


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