The Great Spinx at the Giza Plateau in Cairo, Egypt is UNESCO World Heritage listed.

The Great Sphinx of Giza (Arabic: أبو الهول‎ Abū al Hūl, English: The Terrifying One), commonly referred to as the Sphinx, is a statue of a reclining or couchant sphinx (a mythical creature with a lion’s body and a human head) that stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt.

It is the largest monolith statue in the world, standing 73.5 metres (241 ft) long, 6 metres (20 ft) wide, and 20.22 m (66.34 ft) high.1 It is the oldest known monumental sculpture, and is commonly believed to have been built by ancient Egyptians of the Old Kingdom during the reign of the pharaoh Khafra (c. 2558–2532 BC).

Origin and identityThe Great Sphinx is one of the world’s largest and oldest statues, but basic facts about it, such as who was the model for the face, when it was built, and by whom, are still debated. These questions have resulted in the popular idea of the “Riddle of the Sphinx,” although this phrase should not be confused with the original Greek legend of the Riddle of the Sphinx. (wikipedia)

This is a scanned copy of a photo I took in 1984 with Canon QF.

Featured in “The World Around Us”.


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  • CapricornDancer
    CapricornDancerover 2 years ago

    Congrats this image has been featured in The World around us group.

  • Thank you for honouring me and my work with a feature in “The World Around Us”.

    – machka

  • CapricornDancer
    CapricornDancerover 2 years ago

    Ur welcome. Sorry the group does not have a banner as yet, but we are working on it.

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 2 years ago

  • You’re welcome!

    – machka

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...almost 2 years ago

  • Thank you Dawn for the honour of having my work featured.

    – machka

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