Sphinx – Cairo, Egypt

Featured in All That’s Archaeology, All Things Egyptian and Silhouettes

The Sphinx, with its monumental proportions, lion’s body, and human facial features, provides an unexpected naturalistic contrast to the geometric shapes of the pyramids.
The recumbent lion stretches 241 feet/73.5 meters in length and reaches 65 feet/20 meters in height.

UNESCO World Heritage

World Heritage Sites in Egypt

An accumulating body of evidence, both archaeological and geological, indicates that the Sphinx is far older than the 4th Dynasty, and was only restored by Chephren during his reign.

In the background is one of the last surviving members of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Sacred Sites of Egypt

Canon PowerShot A650IS

Shutter Speed: 1/1250sec
Aperture: F4.5
ISO: 80

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  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 3 years ago

    Great shot,….

  • Thank you so much John! :o)

    – Marilyn Harris

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 3 years ago

    Really great colors on this. I have some shots of Egypt that were taken in the 80’s. I should try to find them. Wonderful work.

  • Thanks so much Lori! It would be interesting to see some of those old pics. I have seen an old pic taken in WWI with a battalion all lined up. There is a rumor that they used to use the Sphinx’s face for target practice. Not sure if this is true though! :o)

    – Marilyn Harris

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 3 years ago

    Fantastic composition, Marilyn….love that you’ve chosen to silhouette the sphinx. Must have been amazing to witness this!

  • Thanks so much Wendi! Glad you like the silhouette! We got there just in time as the sun was setting. I believe it costs 10,000 Egyptian pounds if you want to get an up close and personal look at the Sphinx. It is now all closed off to the normal tourist. :o)

    – Marilyn Harris

  • andy551
    andy551over 3 years ago

    Awesome and visual creation! Congrats!!!

  • Thanks so much Andy – Appreciate! :o)

    – Marilyn Harris

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago

    19 April 2011 – 2 images per day

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 3 years ago

    I have heard that about the Sphinx, too. How sad is that?

  • Yes, very sad! I guess there were few thoughts about preserving this iconic structure. :o)

    – Marilyn Harris

  • Ben Waggoner
    Ben Waggonerover 3 years ago

    Very nice dual silhouette!

  • Thank you so much Ben. :o)

    – Marilyn Harris

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 3 years ago

    Wonderful silhouetts Marilyn – great capture.

  • Thanks so much Roy! :o)

    – Marilyn Harris

  • trobe
    trobeover 3 years ago

    You’ve been picked for our Mayday feature – I was torn between this and your Luxor Temple at night – this won by a nose! Great Work!

  • Wow! Thank You so much Tim and All That’s Archeology for this honour! :o)

    – Marilyn Harris

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