Sphinx and snowflakes: Twitter photo swirls flurry of interest

The widely shared photos actually show a miniature replica of the famed Egyptian monument at the Tobu World Square theme park in Japan. (Photo courtesy: Reddit)

All was not as it seemed as a photo supposedly of Egypt’s Sphinx covered in snow went viral on Saturday.

The pictures were originally posted to social website Reddit on Saturday morning and quickly went viral on Twitter and Facebook. However, users noticed the area surrounding the ancient statue did not match photos of the real Sphinx, not least because the tip of France’s Eiffel Tower can be seen in the distance.

According to Buzzfeed, the widely shared photos actually show a miniature replica of the famed Egyptian monument at the Tobu World Square theme park in Japan.

The 1/25 scale model is one of a series of detailed replicas of global landmarks including London’s Tower Bridge, the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower.

Egypt is witnessing its first snowfall in more than 100 years.

In the Sinai Peninsula, the storm deposited a blanket of snow several inches thick in the mountainous area around Saint Catherine's monastery.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42
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