German tourist who climbed Giza pyramid to face life ban

The Ministry of Antiquities has addressed the German Embassy in Egypt and other concerned authorities to take necessary action towards banning the German teen, Andrej Ciesielski from entering Egypt for life.

Ciesielski, an adrenaline junkie who engages in “roofing” or “urban exploration” from Munich,  scaled the Cheops pyramid at Giza without permission and shot an 8 minute video and photos documenting him climbing the 138.8 metre structure.

The Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops) is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex bordering what is now El Giza, Egypt. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact.


Director of the Pyramids Area, Dr. Hussein Abdel-Bassir said that although the photos and videos were confiscated, Ciesielski managed to restore them and succeeded in publishing through social media. According to Egyptian Laws, punishment of climbing the Pyramids without permissions reaches 3 years of imprisonment, but Ciesielski was released after claiming to be unaware of current laws and pledged not to disseminate any material on social channels.

Ciesielski commented in an article on Huffington Post : “Walking around in the complex, I was waiting for the right moment to start climbing the Great Pyramid of Giza. When I started climbing, a street seller was standing behind me, but I didn’t care. I turned around, he laughed so I continued climbing.

At the half point, some people saw me and looked up. That’s how the police spotted me. They shouted something in Arabic I think, but I didn’t care and kept going while listening to music.”

Ciesielski keeps making international press over his illegal activities. In February 2015 he climbed a 700-foot skyscraper in Hong Kong without using any safety equipment and the same year was scaling the Manhattan skyline in New York.


Initial Source – Ministry of Antiquities

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Markus Milligan
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