Young man films himself climbing Great Pyramid of Giza and takes unbelievable photos

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Of all the cool things we’ve seen today, this shot might just be the pinnacle.

Breaking the law (and quite possibly unlocking some sort of ancient Egyptian curse), teenage German photographer Andrej Ciesielski scaled the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, for one simple reason: to get these killer pics of the view from the top:

Ciesielski managed to scramble to the pointy end of the 4,500-year-old, 146-metre monument in under eight minutes, which in itself is a pretty impressive feat and is documented in the video below. On his descent down, though, he was met by local police and taken away for questioning.

“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,” he said. “I was told that I did risk prison, although on balance I thought the photos would be worth it.”

Now we wait to see if the 18-year-old has condemned the planet to endless plagues to locusts, waves of scarab beetles, and awakened a furious mummified pharaoh with a taste of human skin, which would kinda take the shine of this pretty incredible pic. 

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Chris Sayer is a freelance journalist and editor based in London. Chris has interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment and travelled the world doing an all manner of adventures for lots of brilliant magazines. He writes for Shortlist about booze but would probably prefer we let him write about fishing instead. Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisSayer00

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