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Egypt Investigating Photograph Of Man Having Sex With Woman On Great Pyramid

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Egypt Investigating Photograph Of Man Having Sex With Woman On Great Pyramid

A man and a woman are being investigated by Egyptian authorities after a picture of them appearing to have sex on top of the Great Pyramid of Giza went viral.

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Danish photographer Andreas Hvid shared a picture on his website of himself and a girl seemingly having sex in the missionary position on top of the famous landmark.

A video on YouTube also appears to show the pair scaling the pyramid. The footage was initially thought to be fake, however, prosecutors are now investigating the video's authenticity.

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In the video's description, Hvid says: "In late November 2018, a friend and I climbed the Great Pyramid of Giza (aka Pyramid of Khufu, Pyramid of Cheops). Fearing to be spotted by the many guards, I did not film the several hours of sneaking around at the Giza Plateau, which led up to the climb."

The description also includes a link to the 'nude art' photo. The video itself closes with the girl, whose face is blurred, removing her top.

Prosecutors are investigating the photograph's authenticity. Credit: Andreas Hvid
Prosecutors are investigating the photograph's authenticity. Credit: Andreas Hvid

The 4,500-year-old pyramid is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and scaling it is strictly forbidden. Visitors are allowed to climb up to a certain level before 5pm.

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If the video is found to be genuine, prosecutors are also likely to punish any officials deemed negligent in enabling them access.

Mostafa al-Waziri, the head of Egypt's antiquities council, believes the image may have been created with photo-editing software, according to Masry al-Youm newspaper.

But Mr Hvid has insisted the video and the photo are genuine, and says he has been saddened by the backlash.

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Speaking to Danish newspaper, Ekstrabladet, he said: "For many years I had dreamed of climbing the great pyramid. The idea of making a 'nude shoot' up there had also existed for some time.

"I'm sad that so many people have become so angry. But I have also received a positive response from a lot of Egyptians - something I think is worth remembering."

He also denied the pair were having sex, insisting they were merely posing nude for the photo.

Many people on social media have criticised their behaviour.

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One person said: "Shame. Lack of respect for an ancient civilisation."

Another said: "On behalf of historians and archaeologists everywhere, I hope you both end up in jail."

Scaling the pyramids was banned in the 1980s after numerous tourists died attempting to reach the summit of the 146-metre-high structure.

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A German teenager was given a lifetime ban from Egypt in 2016 after climbing the pyramid and taking pictures and videos.

Featured Image Credit: Andreas Hvid

Topics: World News, News

Jake Massey
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