This majestic structure, believed to be up to 800,000 years old is one of the most mysterious monuments on Earth. It has no inscriptions, and there are said to be tunnels and passages leading below it. The images here displayed were taken prior to most of the restorations of the Sphinx. The images are extremely rare and old.

Scholars have no idea who erected this majestic monument only adds to the mystery of the Great Sphinx, which has already been the center for countless speculations connecting it to lost civilizations and extraterrestrial beings.

The Great Sphinx of Giza is one of the most appreciated monument that is as mysterious as it is beautiful. Archaeologically speaking, it is one of the most enigmatic monuments ever found, since scholars have absolutely no idea who built it and what its original purpose was.

At 241 feet long and 66 feet high, the Great Sphinx of Giza holds the record as the largest monolith statue on the surface of the planet. The Great Sphinx is believed to have been discovered in AD 1817, when the first modern archaeological dig, led by Giovanni Battista Caviglia managed to uncover the Sphinx’s chest for completely. This marvelous ancient piece of architecture remains one of the few ancient pieces of work that nobody bothered to take credit for, and mainstream scholars have been perplexed by its mysterious history for years.

Many researchers consider the Sphinx to be an astronomically aligned monument.

Geological findings indicate that the Sphinx may have been sculpted sometime before 10,000 BC, a period that coincides with the Age of Leo, or the Lion, which lasted from 10,970 to 8810 BC.

According to Graham Hancock, computer simulations show that in 10,500 BC the constellation of Leo housed the sun on the spring equinox – i.e. an hour before dawn in that epoch Leo would have reclined due east along the horizon in the place where the sun would soon rise. This means that the lion-bodied Sphinx, with its due-east orientation, would have gazed directly on that morning at the one constellation in the sky that might reasonably be regarded as its own celestial counterpart.

Today there are countless images of the Great Sphinx of Giza, and nearly all of them show it as it is today, nearly completely restored to its full glory. However, the most interesting images taken of the Sphinx are those taken after its discovery.

While many people are unaware, there are numerous extremely old images of the Sphinx, which show this incredible ancient monument as it looked prior to its restorations in modern times.

The images depict numerous cavities, entrances and what appear to be tunnels that according to many leads below this majestic ancient monument.

Here we bring you 10 of the most antique and rare images ever taken of the Great Sphinx of Giza you probably never saw before.


This is a rare image of the Sphinx taken from a hot air balloon, in the early 19th century. This is before excavation and restoration.
This is a rare image of the Sphinx taken from a hot air balloon, in the early 19th century. This is before excavation and restoration.
The Sphinx of Giza partially excavated with two pyramids in background Egypt 1867 1899
The Sphinx of Giza partially excavated with two pyramids in background Egypt 1867-1899. Image Credit UNKNOWN
Pyramids and Sphinx Giza Egypt 1860 1890 Photographium Historic Photo Archive
Pyramids and Sphinx Giza Egypt 1860. Image Credit: Photographium Historic Photo Archive
Profile view of Sphinx Giza Egypt 1900 1920
Profile view of Sphinx Giza Egypt 1900-1920. Image Credit: Photographium Historic Photo Archive

Sphinx in late 1800s. Image Credit: Photographium Historic Photo Archive
GREAT SPHINX 1882 British soldiers posing at the Great Sphinx at Giza
Great Sphinx in 188.2 British soldiers posing at the Great Sphinx at Giza. Image Credit Unknown.
The great Sphinx c 1900
The great Sphinx circa 1900. Image Credit Unknown
The Sphinx Giza Egypt c1850
The Sphinx Giza Egypt circa 1850. Image Credit Unknown
One of the oldest photos of the Great Sphinx from 1880
One of the oldest photos of the Great Sphinx from 1880. Image Credit Unknown
This is a rare image of the Sphinx taken from a hot air balloon in the early 19th century This is before excavation and restoration
This is a rare image of the Sphinx shows the surface of the head of the Sphinx. The images was taken in 1925. Image Credit Unknown