Snow has fallen on the pyramids for the first time in 112 years.
1. The Pyramid pic we’ve been waiting for...
2. Photos of the Sphinx covered in snow after it Snowed in Egypt.
Hoax or Fact:
Amazing pictures claiming to show Snowfall cover on the popular monuments Pyramids and Sphinx in Egypt have been circulating online post a rare snowfall hit the area. It is a fact that a rare snowfall hit the northern Egypt and Cairo area, but the pictures of pyramids and sphinx covered in snow are not genuine.
Precipitation of any kind is a rarity in Cairo because of its desert climate. However, the stalled area of low pressure in the upper atmosphere which brought snow to parts of Israel and Syria in recent days spread it to portions of northern Egypt on Friday the 13th of December 2013. It was the first time in 100 years that Egypt had seen snow.
A picture of the snow-covered pyramids in Egypt, which was posted on Twitter by History In Pictures, was shared by thousands of users on Twitter and Facebook as well. As you can see the old and original picture in Image Gallery, there is no snowfall, it was actually photoshopped using filters and made to look like the recent snowfall in Egypt has covered the pyramids. There is another picture of pyramids circulating online, which also claims to show snowfall cover, but again, the picture is an old one, without any snowfall and is photoshopped to look like one.
Couple of pictures of what is shown as the other famous monument in Egypt; the Sphinx was also shown to be covered in snowfall. These pictures were originally posted on Reddit and they quickly went viral on Twitter and Facebook. However, the pictures are not what they appear. The photos actually show the miniature model of the Egyptian monument The Great Sphinx at the Tobu World Square theme park in Japan. The 1/25 scale model of the Sphinx is part of a series of detailed miniature models of global landmarks, which also includes the Eiffel Tower, Tower Bridge and the Empire State Building. In one of the pics, you can in fact see the tip of the Eiffel Tower in the background.
To conclude, a rare Snowfall did occur in the northern Egypt and Cairo area, but it wasn't enough to cover Egypt's most famous monuments, the Pyramids or the Sphinx. The aforementioned claims with the pictures are therefore hoax.