Great Sphinx
Great Sphinx
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At over 240 feet long and 66 feet high, it’s a wonder that this mysterious sculpture was carved from a solid limestone block.
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  • Thomas Lukose
    New York City, New York30 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My visit of the Great Sphinx with Wife and 3 kids
    The Great Sphinx is in the same compound as the great pyramids. You have to get into the Great pyramids area to see the Great Sphynx. You can walk from the Khafre Pyramid to the Sphinx. It is a short walk. It is recommended to visit the Sphinx early morning to avid the heat and spend some extra time taking in the beauty of the Sphinx. The historical significance is great and you will be amazed by how it was built back in the day. The best views are from the side road, from the opposite side of the wall(if you want to take a picture kissing the Spinx. Also the front view. Overall great experience. Make sure to bring cold water with you.
    Visited April 2023
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Aisha Y
    Cairo, Egypt106 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Great Sphinx
    The Great Sphinx is worth visiting as it is an iconic ancient monument steeped in history and mystery. Do not forget to take a funny photo to post it on Instagram as a memory. However, It is crucial to plan your visit during a time of the year when the weather is more bearable, such as the winter months. This will allow you to explore the site comfortably and avoid extreme heat or you can simply have an umbrella to avoid the heat.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 6, 2023
  • JWrightAU1224
    Chattanooga, Tennessee78 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do the light show
    When you see it in person, it's hard to believe that not that long ago (relatively speaking) it was entirely covered by the sand. If your trip allows for it, go to the laser light show one night. Check ahead though as they don't have them every night.
    Visited August 2022
    Written July 10, 2023
  • SonomaNut
    Sonoma, California1,106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Wonder of the World
    We didn’t walk up close but it was spectacular from the viewpoint area. You should have a guide or research explanation to fully appreciate what you see and how it was constructed. Mind boggling. It’s usually very hot, so come prepared. We arrived by horse cart. Another interesting experience.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 26, 2023
  • David R
    Margate, United Kingdom161 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit if in Egypt.
    Just like the nearby pyramids, to be able to stand in front of this world famous piece of human history is amazing. The picture opportunities are plentiful and with the right tour guide, no one bothers you. We went on a Saturday, which was not that busy at all.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 18, 2023
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,628 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Last attraction we visited in the Giza Pyramids Areas
    Having visited all the Pyramids in Giza location, we drove to this attraction. There are small shops along the way and wooden steps to walk on. It is a small area and we had to wait our turn to take photos. Parking is in the neighborhood area, at the entrance of the Sphinx.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 22, 2023
  • Eimear99
    Ireland2,771 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Sphinx… a must visit!
    We visited this amazing sculpture after the pyramids. It was carved from a very large piece of limestone and had the head of a human and the body of a lion. It is extraordinarily well preserved. There are lots of opportunities to take photos and while there are some stalls en route to the site, the street sellers were not as annoying as in other places.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 2, 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas5,026 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enthralled by the Great Sphinx
    I was enthralled by the Great Sphinx. It is located near the Pyramids of Giza. My wife and I got to see the Sphinx during a two week tour of Egypt this past December. I marvel at the old photos which show the Sphinx half covered in sand. And to see it now fully uncovered is fantastic. An item on my bucket list that I was fortunate enough to get to see.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 10, 2023
  • Lella Erludóttir
    48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see, but a little underwhelming
    After visiting the pyramids for a few hours we walked over to the sphinx. My awe and enthrallment was given 100% to the pyramids so maybe I had little left, but I felt a tiny bit underwhelmed by the sphinx. Yes, it is stunning. Yes, it is a must-see. Yes, it is one of the world's most beautiful historical wonders. But... the pyramids had a much bigger effect on me.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 16, 2023
  • Lily Hu
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,698 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Typical must see
    Must see stop by the pyramids. The entry and exit ways are littered with smelly camel droppings and shop fronts. Everything looks fake so don't buy anything. This is a quick stop, you're in for photos and out - likely 30 minutes max. There is apparently also a light show at night but we did not partake - it is a separate ticket.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 21, 2023
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Munir D
Toronto, Canada695 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The great Sphinx is part of the funerary complex of Khepren. Normally one sees this after leaving the Pyramids.

The Great Sphinx in Giza is a mysterious marvel from the days of ancient Egypt. The body of a lion with the head of King Khepren or another god can be seen as the guardians of the monument. Over the years, the Sphinx has symbolized strength and wisdom and probably represents King Khepren as guardian of his own monument. Or was it built to protect the Pyramids?

After visiting the Pyramids one normally sees the Sphinx on the way out. Some good photos can be taken with the Sphinx in the front and the Pyramids behind.

This is an impressive structure sculpted in native limestone. However part of the face including the nose has been damaged and very little of its original colouring can still be discerned on the headcloth and eyebrows.

Despite the loss of much of its originality the Great Sphinx of Giza is a must-see when visiting Cairo.

Munir D.

Written January 31, 2020
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Cymro
Coimbra, Portugal3,307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
There are many sphinx statues in Egypt, but this is by far the most impressive and deserves the title, Great. It is believed to be 4,500 years old and is made of limestone. When Stonehenge was being built in what is now the UK, ancient Egyptians were building the Great Sphinx. After parking the approach path is lined with souvenir sellers. The visit will take under an hour and is best done after visiting the nearby pyramids.
Written January 24, 2020
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JillClardy
Redwood City, CA847 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
A visit to Cairo is not complete without gazing on the visage of the Great Sphinx. Two vantage points are important: one head on with the Sphinx perfectly aligned in from of the pyramid, and one from the right side showing the profile of the Sphinx. We visited with a Road Scholar group and a professional Egyptologist and he filled us on the specifications and meaning of this fantastic statue. You can get fairly close to it, but it is fenced off so that people won't climb on it or deface it. It is quite magnificent.
Written March 25, 2020
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Sarahwang
Singapore, Singapore10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Tips ticket to go inside is 200 EP. You can easily walk and cover the area , so take a horse or cart only if u want to do it. Cart will come easily at 300 per head there are lot of street sellers, be careful when buying things, there are shops which sell good stuff at the same rate.
Written January 18, 2020
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Kazi Y
Dhaka City, Bangladesh127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
One of the ancient world's iconic monuments, perhaps after the Great Pyramid, The Sphinx is simple and smaller than I expected. Shaped like a recumbent lion that sits immediately northwest of the Pyramid of Cheops. The total length of sphinx is 73.5 meters, and its height is 20 meters. You can't go close and touch the Sphinx. After you get a front view, you can walk up the left hand side of Sphnix. A must see attraction. Come here as early as possible otherwise it will be really crowded.
Written March 20, 2020
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Wanderer0213
Craig, MT603 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The Great Sphinx is what you would expect, amazing! Really cool photos with the pyramids in the background. The light for photos is ideal in the morning, not as good in the afternoon. It will be really crowded unless your there really early, but still might be crowded.
Written February 27, 2020
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ZhaoXiuMei
Singapore, Singapore5,119 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
When we were there, the place was very crowded.
Many were on the raised platform posing for photographs.
We walked further in and found photo spots with much less people.
There were locals who would help you take funny shots with the sphinx, if you are willing to pay some money.
Written February 16, 2020
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Ukienomad
Fleming Island, FL6,741 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
The mysterious Sphinx is carved almost entirely from one piece of limestone. When Napoleon first set eyes on this monument, it was still covered in sand up to its neck. Today it has been excavated, revealing the paws of a resting lion and chambers ta it’s base. History is embedded in every block of stone and in the incomprehensible size of each structure standing tall in the desert sand. It was quite crowded. Phenomenal experience like no other.
They actually have some nice vendors there. Check out the guy that sells the lovely hand made baskets for $2.00. It helps the local village. Really nice. A MUST DO !
Written February 26, 2020
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T D
Philadelphia, PA4,194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
We’ve visited Cairo in Nov 2020 - and it was amazing to see the site without many tourists (because of pandemic). You can’t get close or next to the Sphinx, but there is a viewing area you can go to. If you visit the area in the evening, you can also see the Sphinx being lit up (without having to buy the Light & Sound tickets). A must see if you’re visiting Egypt!
Written December 3, 2020
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Kim G
Toronto, Canada1,548 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Another amazing sight in Cairo to visit along with the pyramids.

While you can't walk right up to the structure like you can with the pyramids, you can still get close enough to see how detailed the carving is and just how magnificent in size the Sphinx really is.

Very limited shade in this area so be sure to wear a hat.
Written April 27, 2020
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