This is the Oldest Video Footage of the Sphinx, and it was Filmed in 1897

The Great Sphinx at Giza is the largest single-stone monolith statue on the surface of the planet.

It is the biggest, the most impressive, the strangest, and most enigmatic.

Three are countless stories, legends, and myths that speak of hidden treasures, chambers and rooms beneath the Sphinx and around the Pyramids, all directly connected to the massive monument.

Some scholars have even argued that before the Sphinx was completely excavated, there were a number of cavities clearly visible on it.

In a previously published article, ‘Here Are 10 Extremely Old Images of the Sphinx You’ve Probably Never Seen‘, some of these cavities are visible.

A rare, ancient photograph of the Sphinx before it was completely excavated.
A rare, ancient photograph of the Sphinx before it was completely excavated.

The Sphinx Now, the Sphinx Then

As one of the most marvelous statues anywhere in the world, it is a beauty to be able to see what the Sphinx looked like in the distant past, before modern restorations, and before tourism took over it.

However, material dating back a few decades back is extremely rare, and difficult to find.

The images we gathered in the above-mentioned article are some of the rarest images ever taken.


They also date back more than one hundred years, as you can see by the and levels surrounding the Sphinx.

Only if we compare the images taken in the 1900’s and photographs taken in the 2000s can we see the real difference between the Great Sphinx ‘back then’ and the Sphinx today.

Some would even argue the monument seen in images from the 1900s and the photographs of the Sphinx in the 2000s show an entirely different monument.

And while seeing rare, extremely old photographs of the Sphinx is almost like traveling back in time, seeing a video of the Sphinx that dates back more than one hundred years, to a time when the statues had still not been restored is a mind-boggling experience for history and Egypt lovers.

This video, filmed in 1897 is considered the oldest surviving video footage of the Great Sphinx of Giza.

The Great Sphinx of Giza is thought to have been carved directly from the bedrock of the Giza plateau. The ancients used a single ridge of limestone that is 73 meters long and 20 meters high.

The Sphinx is considered the largest single-stone statue anywhere in the world.

No other monument is as complex, mysterious and rich in history as the Sphinx, which has rightfully become an emblem in Egypt, often used on stamps, coins, and even official documents.