The men are praying in the traditional Islamic style. It appears as if these are "individual" prayers, that are done separately, after the congregational prayer (where they would pray in line). - Omar A.
There's a lot of myths about what happened to its nose, but one my teacher told me when I was studying in egypt is that in Arab culture the nose is considered the highest, most regal part of the body. Napoleon ordered it removed as a symbol to the Egyptians. They were conquered. - apple0hs
Strange, because to the best of my knowledge, the man does not pray in the direction of Mekka. It is very well possible that the men were asked to do as if they prayed to make a nicer picture... - it is aai!
one of my teachers said that arabs was practising on shooting with cannons - mjau__
The Sphinx faces nearly due East; Mecca is SSW of Cairo ... They could very well be correctly in-Salat. - Joe Clyde
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