Climbing a pyramid could be a cool way to have that perfect photograph. This was the mindset of a young German tourist. But it seemed that the Egyptian authorities did not like his stunt and the way he thought of spending his holiday.
The German teenager climbed the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt on Tuesday, which was actually illegal. In Egypt, climbing the pyramid is a punishable offence with three years of imprisonment.
Andrej Ciesielski climbed the 4500-year old pyramid and shot a video of his experience atop the pyramid. The video is making rounds on Facebook and Youtube.
The 18-year-old German tourist claimed to have climbed the pyramid in 10 minutes. Although it took him 20 minutes to get down from the ancient landmark.
“The view from the top to the other pyramid–it was really, really amazing,” he said in the video.
According to report by The Bit Bag, local visitors warned him about his move and said that this could land him into the jail. “I was told, that I did risk prison, although on balance I thought the photos would be worth it,” Ciesielski said.
“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,” Ciesielski said, in a report by The Big Bag.
After the quick frisk, he was taken to the police station. The police checked his camera and questioned him about his illegal move. Later, the police wanted to take him to the German Embassy but decided to let him go after one and half hours.
Ciesielski said that he wanted to see Egyptian cultures from a different angle so he decided to climb the pyramid. He confirmed that he has a fascination with climbing tall monuments and sky scrapers.
In 2013, a similar case with Russian tourists who climbed the Great Pyramid at Egypt’s famous Giza Necropolis caused public outrage. Later, the group apologised for their activity, according to a report filed by Daily News.