Even climbing the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is illegal, let alone appearing to have sex on it.
A young Danish photographer has caused uproar in Egypt after he filmed himself and a female companion climbing the Pyramid of Cheops and posing naked in a sexual position at sunrise.
Egyptians and Danes have condemned Andreas Hvid’s act, branding it a disrespectful desecration of a monument that is over 4,500 years old and the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing today.
Climbing the pyramid is an illegal offence, as is being naked in public, and the Egyptian authorities are investigating the incident, the tabloid Ekstra Bladet and Copenhagen Post report.
Hvid, 23, has returned to Denmark and says he won’t be going back to Egypt any time soon, fearful he will be arrested for the session, which he claims he now regrets.
“I am sorry that so many people got so angry,” he told Ekstra Bladet. “But it’s worth noting that I’ve got a positive response from many Egyptians too. ‘Pyramid Fuck’ was the dumbest idea I could have come up with. Privileged western youth at its worst. It just needed a joint and a bottle of vodka.”
Hvid, who is a high-altitude rooftop photographer, posted the video to YouTube but later cut the controversial climax. However, photos have been circulating on the internet and in the media.
“Violating public morality”
Tomas Anker Christensen, Denmark’s ambassador to Egypt, says he has been monitoring the “very serious” situation closely but does not expect it to escalate.
But the Egyptian government announced: “Based on what was circulated and published yesterday evening in a short video film depicting two foreigners climbing the pyramid at night, and then put a picture of them violating public morality, the minister of antiquities, Khaled al-Anani, has decided to find out the truth and immediately refer the incident to the deputy attorney-general for guidance to investigate the matter.”