Snow in Cairo for the first time in 112 years
The photograph seems to show the famous wonders of the world in Giza, near Cairo, blanketed in a crisp layer of snow.
It has been retweeted almost 10,000 times since it was posted yesterday.
Unlike the picture of the Sphinx which went viral on Friday – which was revealed to be a photo of a miniature replica from a Japanese theme park – this is a genuine photograph of the Giza Pyramids.
But the picture is an edited version of a much older picture, which shows the pyramids and outskirts of Cairo without the snowy covering.
Even the edited version dates back to at least a year ago, long before it is claimed the snap was taken.
The buildings seen in the background of the photo are the old city of Cairo.
Snow really did fall on Friday in nearby New Cairo City, but the wintry weather wasn’t enough to cover Egypt’s most famous monuments, the Pyramids or the Sphinx.
Egyptians woke up to a light covering of snow for the first time in more than a century.
WHEN you think Cairo you think heat and sand.
But something unusual happened there overnight – it snowed!
According to local reports it’s the first time snow has fallen in the Egyptian capital in 112 years.
Incredible pictures show the normally sweltering city coated in white. Egyptians took to Twitter to post their amazement in words and pictures. The Egyptian Meteorological Authority warned on Wednesday the unusual weather will drive down temperatures to between 5 and 15 Celsius. Snow was reported on Mt. Sinai and Saint Catherine’s monastery at the base of the mountain. A powerful winter storm is affecting parts of the Middle East. Sections of Israel saw heavy snow up to about a metre. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat told The Times of
— Roland Samuels (@ronsammy63) December 15, 2013
The Holy City was closed to traffic and the nation’s military was called out to rescue some 1500 people stranded in vehicles.
Highways and roads to Tel Aviv, the Golan Heights and other locales were reportedly closed.
Ben-Gurion International Airport was forced to close for a period due to the snow and limited visibilities.
Other countries including Turkey and Syria also experienced widespread snow.
— Egypt Independent (@EgyIndependent) December 13, 2013