A man and woman posing partially dressed on top of Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza have sparked online outrage.
Rabat – A video of a Danish photographer climbing the Great Pyramid of Giza with a girl who took her top off to reveal her lingerie has stirred controversy among Egyptians who considered the incident insulting to the historical landmark.
The photographer also posted a “sexual” photo of himself and the girl in a move that provoked Egyptian authorities. Many people took to social media to express their rage, deeming the stunt “immoral” and “insulting.”
Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities said on Saturday, December 8, that the actions of Andreas Hvid and his unknown companion were a “violation of public morality.”
Egyptian authorities are investigating whether the video was faked after officials suggested that it could be.
The three-minute video was allegedly taken at night as the pair waited for the crowd to disperse from the area.
Hvid wrote in the description of the video uploaded on YouTube on December 8: “In late November 2018, a friend and I climbed the Great Pyramid of Giza (a.k.a. Pyramid of Khufu, Pyramid of Cheops).”
Hvid told the Danish tabloid news outlet, Ekstrabladet, that climbing the 450-foot pyramid took about 25 minutes.
Scaling the pyramids is forbidden in order to preserve the landmark, one of the seven wonders of the world.
The Danish pair were not the first to climb the pyramid.
In 2015, 18-year-old German tourists broke Egypt’s law and climbed the Great Pyramid, which earned them a life-long ban from entering Egypt.