The beautiful Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one that still remains completely in tact. As you can imagine there is a great deal of security surrounding the pyramid, but that didn’t stop Vadim Makhorov, a Russian photographer, from doing something incredibly illegal.
Makhorov and two of his friends, Vitaliy Raskalov and Marat Dupri, spent a staggering five hours lurking around the site of the pyramid hiding from Egypt’s armed guards before they caught the break they were waiting for.
Once they saw an opportunity, the trio climbed 481-feet to the top of the Great Pyramid of Giza. The photographer says they were not the first to pull off the act, on the way up they found inscriptions in the pyramid from others in a number of languages, including Arabic, Russian and French.
Once at the top, they took unmatched photos of the Giza Necropolis and beyond.
Even at the top of the pyramid the group was nervous about getting caught, and carefully avoided the attention of 24-hour armed guards. If they were caught in the act they faced one to three years time locked up in an Egyptian jail cell.
Somehow they made it out without incident, and with a number of photos that would set the Internet abuzz. Many are too stunned by the beauty of the photos, which offer the opportunity to see views offered by the famous pyramid, to care about the illegal part of it all. Still, many more are appalled that it was so easy for a group of three to scale up one of the world’s oldest and most fragile artifacts.
The group has since apologized for their stunt in an email to CNN. Makhorov wrote, “I’ve always been drawn to Egypt. For as long as I can remember my dream was to get to the top of the Great Pyramid of Giza. We didn’t want to insult anyone, we were just following the dream.”
After looking at these beautiful photos it’s hard to hate on these rebellious friends, but just because someone dreams of climbing to the top of the Great Pyramid of Giza doesn’t mean they should do it. If everyone climbed the pyramid it would no longer be in the condition it magically remains in today.
If you are ever in Egypt we highly recommend checking out the Pyramid Of Gyza, but you most definitely shouldn’t climb it unless you want to risk your freedom and safety, as well as the stability of the ancient pyramid.