Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Climbing the Great Pyramid...Victorian Style!

I have read with interest about the recent antics of German teenager Andrej Ciesielski who took it upon himself to climb the Great Pyramid in Giza  to obtain the ultimate tourist photograph atop the peak of the 4500 year old monument.  Ciesielski made a video of his 8 minute ascent which he then posted online on his blog.  The video has since received thousands of hits.
Ciesieski's photo on top of the Great Pyramid of Cheops
Image - Caters News Agency via Daily Mail
I in no way condone what he did at all - climbing the pyramids is strictly prohibited, damages the monuments and lets admit it, is flipping dangerous to say the least.  If prosecuted, the culprit can get up to 3 years in prison.  Ciesieski was lucky and escaped with a warning. 

The story did however intrigue me as I am currently writing up my research about the antics of our Victorian and Edwardian predecessors who considered this act a "must do" tourist activity.  Here is a photograph from my own collection to be going on with...


Image - author's own.
Not to be reproduced without permission.

Teenager risks imprisonment for the ultimate holiday photo as he films himself CLIMBING Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza

Great Pyramid of Giza: Video shows teenager Andrej Ciesielski climbing ancient wonder

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