Would You Risk Climbing Giza For Shots Like This? This Teen Did!


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His name is Andrej Ciesielski, from Munich, who illegally scaled a 4,500-year-old pyramid at Giza on the outskirts of Cairo.  The eighteen year old wanted to climb ancient monument in broad daylight for a unique photo opportunity, discarding the rules against scaling pyramids that are there to protect them from getting damaged. What he didn't know was that climbers face up to three years in prison. 

Taking holiday photography to new heights, a teenage thrill-seeker risked his life and imprisonment on a trip to Egypt by scaling the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Although it is illegal to climb the 4,500 year old icon, German tourist Andrej Ciesielski journeyed to Cairo with the express intention of rooftopping one of the three mammoth tombs at Giza.

From above, he captured breathtaking images of a hazy desert landscape punctuated by the ancient wonder of the world and said that the photographs were worth the threat of up to three years in prison.

The rules against climbing the monuments have been put in place to protect them from excessive wear and tear and it is an act punishable by up to three years in Egyptian prison. 

But Ciesielski decided to scale the 146-metre high structure, built more than 4,500 years ago, anyway, reaching the top in eight minutes in broad daylight.

Despite making quick headway, Andrej was eventually caught and taken to a police station for questioning after he climbed down. 

The 18 year old from Munich said: 'It took me about eight minutes to get to the top of the pyramid and I listened to music on the way up.

'After a few minutes climbing, I started to attract a bit of attention and some of the security shouted to me to come down in Arabic.'


He continued: 'I had asked locals what they thought of my attempt and they warned me that it was illegal to climb the pyramids, although I thought it would be fine, what with Egypt's dependence on tourists.

'I was told that I did risk prison, although on balance I thought the photos would be worth it.

'It was absolutely surreal standing on top of one of the wonders of the world and something that I will never forget. I wanted to experience Egyptian culture and I definitely managed that.'

Ciesielski added: 'When I got back down, the police were quick to take me to the station and question me. They also had a look at my camera to see what I had been up to.


'At first, they wanted to take me to the German embassy, but after a while I was released without anything further happening.'

Three years ago, a group of Russian tourists caused outrage after climbing to the top of the Great Pyramid at Egypt's famous Giza Necropolis.  

The group managed to escape the attention of security guards at the ancient site by climbing at nighttime.  

via Inverse

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