German Tourist Avoids Prosecution After Climbing Egypt’s Great Pyramid

A German tourist was lucky to avoid prosecution after being caught climbing the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Andrej Ciesielski scaled the largest of Egypt’s iconic pyramids in broad daylight as tourists looked on.

It is illegal to climb the 146-metre construction – the Pyramids, built around 4,500 years ago, are the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing.

But that did not stop the 18-year-old from Munich attempting to scale the Great Pyramid, which was s the tallest man-made structure in the world for more than 3,800 years. 

It took him just eight minutes to complete the ascent.

Tomb with a view: The German tourist took these shots for posterity

Before the stunt, Mr Ciesielski sought out the locals for any insider knowledge that might help him during the climb and made sure he did it as quickly as possible to avoid getting caught early on.

But despite making quick headway, he was eventually caught and taken to a police station for questioning.

Mr Ciesielski 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.

Sghtseeing: It is illegal to climb the Pyramids

'I had asked the 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, though 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.

'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.

Spectacular: Mr Ciesielski was arrested after taking these pictures

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

Mr Ciesielski is not the first Westerner to anger locals with their brazen attitude to sites of huge cultural significance.

Biritish woman Eleanor Hawkins, 24, and nine other tourists were blamed for causing a devastating earthquake, which occurred days after they stripped on Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia.

Miss Hawkins was jailed for three days in the Southeast Asian country after she admitted to 'committing an obscene act in public’.

Locals on the island of Borneo said the group disrespected the sacred place and angered the gods, who then took revenge by causing the earthquake six days later.

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