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Old March 27th, 2011, 11:36 AM   #341
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THE SPHINX & NEARBY TOMBS


The Tomb of Khentkawes was the last major tomb built at Giza.





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Guardian of the Giza plateau, the leonine Sphinx is known to the Arabs as Abu al-Hol, the "father of terror". The sphinx is usually dated to around 2500 BC and the earliest known monumental sculpture.








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The Sphinx stands 20 m high with an elongated body, outstretched paws and a royal headdress framing a fleshy face, possibly that of Khafre himself. It is carved from an outcrop of natural rock.




Although it is often written that the Sphinx's nose was shot off by the Mamluks, Ottomans or Napoleon's French army, it was in fact lost some time before the 15th century.

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GIZA

A sweeping panorama of Giza can be seen from the desert near the pyramids.





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Within the city...




... the pyramids always stand out.



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Went to this restaurant in Giza that serves buffet lunch of a combination of Eqyptian and western food







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From the window, you can see the pyramids.









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Cairo's photos so far, are very nice
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THE CITADEL

Home to Egypt's rulers for almost 700 years, the Citadel (Al-Qalaa) is today one of the most popular tourist sites in Cairo. Originally founded in 1176 by the famed Muslim commander Salah ad-Din (also known as Saladin), its mosques, museums and battlements reflect a diverse heritage.





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Divided into three section, the Citadel's main tourist area is in the Southern Enclosure, where the Mosque of an-Nasr Mohammed (the Citadel's only surviving Mamluk structure) is dwarfed by the 19th-century Mosque of Mohammed Ali.





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Entered via a mock-Gothic gateway, the Police Museum traces the gory history of Egyptian crime and punishment.





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Nearby is the Military Museum. Built by Mohammed Ali in 1827, this was the residence of the Egyptian royal family until 1874. The building served as a military hospital during British occupation in World War II but it became a military museum when control of the Citadel reverted to Egypt in 1946.



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