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Did Snow Fall on the Pyramids and Sphinx?

Did Snow Fall on the Pyramids and Sphinx?

Following news reports of Egypt’s first snowfall in 112 years, photos began circulating online which showed snow on the Great Pyramids and Great Sphinx. Are these images real or fake?

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The photos are fake.

While snow did fall in Egypt in December 2013, the iconic structures were not covered in snow.

Fake Pyramid Snow Photo, Version 1

This photo was shared over 10,000 times when it was posted by the Twitter account History in Pictures, with a caption that read, “Snow has fallen on the pyramids for the first time in 112 years.” Daily Mirror reporter Mikey Smith responded by tweeting out “the same photo, but without the crappy filter.” Below you can see the fake snow photo alongside the original.


Fake Pyramid Snow Photo Version 2

After the above photo was revealed to be a fake, another photo allegedly showing snow on the Pyramids surfaced. This one could be seen on imgur, with a caption, “The Pyramid pic we’ve been waiting for…” This, too, however was discovered to be a fake, as seen below. The original photo has existed in multiple stock photo libraries for several years.


Fake Sphinx Photo

Another photo in heavy circulation showed a snow-capped Sphinx. The photo is real, but it shows a miniature model of the iconic structure at the Tobu World Square park in Japan. Below you can see the image in heavy circulation, followed by a higher-definition shot of the model in which a corner a plaque describing it can be seen.


Although snow did fall in Egypt, the Mirror reported that “the wintry weather wasn’t enough to cover Egypt’s most famous monuments, the Pyramids or the Sphinx.”

Bottom Line

Photos showing the Pyramids and Sphinx covered in snow are fake.

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  • waffles

    You have certainly proven your skills as a tenacious and open-minded investigator. Hopefully we can cross paths again. Thanks for all of your input, and good luck to you!

  • waffles

    Glad we could help, and it has been an enjoyable debate… even though we respectfully disagree that the images are different. 🙂

    • The Fake Detective

      Yes. However, the images ARE DEFINITELY different. We only disagree on how WHY they are different.

      You say it’s due to fakery. I say they are different real pictures taken from the same spot. There is just too much EXPERT fakery required to create one picture from another. From my years of experience examining fakes, no one is going to spend that amount of time creating a fake without taking credit for it in some way.



  • The Fake Detective

    Well, you got me again with the camel shot.

    But, the large version of the imgur.com snow photo looks more real than ever. You can even see that the snow on the object in the lower left of the picture is uneven. There are light and dark areas showing the unevenness. And the haze covering the top of the pyramid is more visible. If it’s a fake, it’s an EXPERT fake that took a lot of time and effort to create.


  • waffles

    Oddly, none of those mention or show pictures of the pyramids. There is no doubt that snow fell in Cairo’s eastern suburbs. If snow did fall on the pyramids, no credible images have yet surfaced as proof.

    If anyone does find such images, you will probably be the one to do it. 🙂

  • waffles

    It isn’t just a similar angle, it is exact when the two images are superimposed. To achieve the same distance and angle in two different photos is almost impossible.

    While we haven’t evaluated most of the images in the link you provided, the last image on that page is a known fake. Wouldn’t one expect much more local news coverage regarding snow on the pyramids? At this point we have a very small handful of such images, and nearly all are fake.

    • waffles

      We are based in Las Vegas, and that is definitely the Luxor. It does snow here every few years.

  • chloe

    Haven’t you seen what people can do with photoshop? You can tell the second photo is fake simply because of the cloud coverage! If the pyramids were really covered in snow there would be thousands of ameture snaps taken by tourists and locals all over the net – not professional photos with too perfect clouds.

  • waffles

    Yes. Laying them on top of each shows reveals that the rocks line up perfectly.

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