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The Sphinx

Al Qebleyah, Al Azbakeyah, Egypt
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  • The Sphinx
    Baxter Jackson
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    4 Oct 25, 2013

    About as enigmatic as it gets, the Sphinx, no matter how many times you've seen it is movies, will fill you with a sense of wonder and awe. Unfortunately, climbing up on top of it's head for a photo op is strictly forbidden.

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  • The Sphinx
    Pasquale Iannino Jr.
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    4 Dec 10, 2012

    Again you will be dealing with the crowds and the vendors here so beware. I really do love the Sphinx and just seeing it in person makes the trip worth while. Enjoy the wonder of its mysteries!

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  • The Sphinx
    Luigo Legna
    5 Nov 22, 2013

    O que dizer dela? Dizem que se descobrir o segredo da Esfinge descobrira o segredo do mundo! da vida, de tudo... Estive lá ha tempos, teria eu descoberto algo! teria eu ficado quieto sem chamar a atenção para mim, e depois colocar em meu livro? Pois se eu digo lá que descobri o enigma da Esfinge estaria no Cairo até hoje. (apanhando até contar). E então, será que coloquei no livro Revelação O Grande Cientista? e partes no Tempo, relatividade por extenso, e distribuído em mais dois livros anagramáticos que se entrelaçam formando os quatro apena um? Eis o mistério de Luigo Legna!

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  • The Sphinx
    Toufic Tawily
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    5 Sep 12, 2012

    Smaller than what i imagined... still impressive. There is a sound and light show everyday at 6 pm next to the sphinx. It's worth watching.

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    Joseph Coureur
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    4 Sep 08, 2012

    The Sphinx was a lot smaller than I imagined, but no less wonderful. Most shocking however, it that is now looking at a KFC (and one that doesn't even know what a proper southern biscuit is).

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  • The Sphinx
    Lee
    5 Nov 22, 2013

    Amazing, pure and simple, but we all know that.

    The tourist location for the Sphinx and the Cairo pyramids is one and the same. I don't know why GoGobot treats them separately for review.

    Some things that made our visit interesting:
    The place is loaded with official police, nicely armed. They and the official-looking "guides" expect cash for pointing you to the best photo opportunities; and you do have to pay them if they show you how to rest your arm against the pyramid so as to have a photo taken that looks as if you're holding the pyramid up. Resist paying and you're in for a serious harangue.

    Hawkers and sellers of all kinds swarm among tourists, with children making many of the sales - who can resist a raggy child selling carved camels, or offering you alledgedly ancient coins for a dollar each? Camel tender men entreated us to take a ride almost with every step. We were warned not to get on a camel, because the cost getting on is one price, but the cost to get back from the desert can be substantially higher. Not always, but frequently enough to keep me away from the camel men.

    Take a bottle of water, because you'll be out of your car for at least an hour; maybe longer if you walk from the Sphinx to the pyramids - about a five minute walk along a dusty dirt roadway; I recommend you get back in your car and try for a decent parking space at the pyramids; better than a hot, tiring walk. The Sphinx is a five minute walk from the pyramids.

    Surprisingly, everyone is allowed to walk right up to the pyramids, and even climb up a short distance where possible. But the Sphinx is roped off so that it cannot be touched... not like the commercial photos that make it look like you can walk right up to it. While we were there a pickpocket had slipped under the ropes at the rear of the Sphinx, with police in hot pursuit, and he climbed quite high onto the back of the Sphinx before he was caught. The police recovered the stolen items, but we did not stay around to see if the possessions got back into the hands of the tourist- If I had to guess I'd say no. We had an armed guard with our tour group, and he really watched out for us- he told us that guards are now required for tour groups.

    The pyramids are within sight of Cairo, just outside the edge of the city, a very quick trip to get out there. Miles of desert lie beyond the pyramids, and it's an amazing sight.

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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  • The Sphinx
    Helen Browne
    4 Nov 22, 2013

    it was not what i was expecting it was facinating but was put off a bit ,with kids shouting for u to buy stuff

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  • The Sphinx
    Emily Drevets
    3 Nov 22, 2013

    Here's the thing: the pyramids and sphinx are awesome. They really are. Look at them, they're gigantic and incredible and ancient. BUT:

    You're going to want a guide with you to defend you from the touts and people trying to get you to buy their plastic pyramid sets. If that's something you really want, go for it, but in my opinion it's pre-trash that I want to avoid picking up.

    The hassle definitely detracts from the experience, as does the pollution and the city of Cairo itself, but if you're prepared for it, if you go early in the morning when it's cooler, if you bring a hat and water, and if you have a guide, you can enjoy yourself.

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  • The Sphinx
    Selma Audi
    4 Nov 22, 2013

    Usually a stop on the tour of the Cairo pyramids (as they are nearby), there is an opportunity to walk around the sphinx outside complex. Lots of rag-a-muffin kids running around looking for a handout: they are harmless. Ignore them and they will go away.

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  • The Sphinx
    Paul Adams
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Well worth a visit. Temple of the River, associated with the Great Pyramid.
    Disappointed upon exit to have a Burger King right in front of me, destroyed the moment

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  • The Sphinx
    Phuong Yen Vu
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Egypt is a great country,the cradle of ancient civilizations in the world.given the opportunity or revenue light transfer to Egypt player

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  • The Sphinx
    Mary Pinder
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Have seen it so many times on television couldn't wait to see it. What it doesn't show is the cafe just out of shot. Right off one of the main roads.

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  • The Sphinx
    Cristian Cuellar
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Esta a un costado de las piramides de Giza y si bien en un principio decepciona su tamaño, ya que al lado de la gran piramide (140mts) la Esfinge que es de solo 22mts se ve pequeña, pero realmente es una experiencia muy entretenida sacarse fotos con ella de fondo o en las mas divertidas poses. Ojo con la gente que anda por ahi y amablemente se ofrecer a tomarte una foto ya que despues te van a pedir dinero a cambio y mas vale que tengas.

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  • The SphinxPro 2014
    John Abdou
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Worth the trip and a chance to get to see the history first hand. It is like nothing you can imagine just by seeing pictures or a television special. Try and stay away from the locals trying to take your money for a picture or camel ride. Try and go with a local.

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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  • The Sphinx
    Melissa Smart
    3 Jul 05, 2012

    I had the impression before we went that is was gigantic, but it is much smaller that I expected.

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    Leigh Virkus
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Yes, it is smaller than you realize and there is a Pizza Hut not to far away. It is still impressive to think of all of the history behind this and the surrounding area. There are also the people trying to sell you stuff all over the place but just saying no and they go on to the next willing victim.

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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  • The Sphinx
    Rish Ap Wiliam
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    If only it hadn't been used for target practice (I think by the French) - a truly amazing statue

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  • The Sphinx
    Talula Cartwright
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Ah, she's so lovely. I think Napoleon shot off her nose as target practice. Poor baby. She's still majestic and impressive. If you go to the night sound and light show at the pyramids and sphinx, take a warm jacket. Maybe even gloves and a hat. It's surprisingly chilly! It is the desert, after all.

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  • The SphinxPro 2014
    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    5 Nov 24, 2013

    This lovely icon is a must-see and highlight of Cairo. Fewer touts here than by the main pyramids.

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  • The Sphinx
    Joha Ya
    3 Jun 26, 2013

    its kinda nice .. :)

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Like something out of a fantasy novel, this totally surreal, larger-than-life monument is one of Egypt's most popular sights. Named by the Greeks for its resemblance of the eponymous mythical creature with a fondness for riddles, most archaeologists place the construction at some time during the reign of Pharaoh Khafire. Though the Sphinx's face has famously been weathered by time, the desert, and ... read more
a few marauding armies, it's still a sight to behold. This is a look-but-don't-touch type of monument, but you can climb to a viewing platform for a better look.

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