Travel guides have often put fascinating facts or features in the spotlight. Innovative architecture, natural or mythical phenomena, striking views or local cultural traditions. Explorations is the Foundation’s travel guide, giving researchers and scholars insight into traditions, art, history and the humanities with a view to encouraging cultural outings and discovery.

Histoire photographique du Sphinx


Since the beginning, photographers have been attracted by the most mysterious monuments. In some cases, the photographic history of these monuments has, in turn, taken on a mysterious air.
The Sphinx in front of the great pyramids of Giza is an outstanding example. Its age and original appearance are still the subject of debate, but the version of the first Egypt historian, Manetho, is now considered the most believable.

Entre Moyen âge et époque contemporaine

Cédric Giraud
Université de Genève

"It’s difficult to describe the life of man without experiencing his sleep which, night after night, surrounds it like the sea surrounds a peninsula."

Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past, Pléiade, II, p.384.