Photographers Stealthily Climb the Great Pyramid of Giza

panorama from top of great pyramid of giza

A photographer worth his salt will go to great lengths just to capture that photo he has conjured up in his mind’s eye. Just like these Russian photographers who came up with this photoshoot caper involving a great ancient wonder, The Great Pyramid of Giza. The audacious group dodged security and officials to snap photographs from a rare vantage point, on top of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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The secret operation was well planned and executed to perfection. They waited until after visiting hours were over at Egypt’s legendary Giza Necropolis, as they put their covert plan into action. Just as the sun began to set, they commenced to stealthily scale the Great Pyramid. Evading the security detail at the site enabled Russian photographer Vitaliy Raskalov and his two photographer buddies Vadim Mahorov and Marat Dupri to take pictures of the great desert and the magnificent Sphinx from an exceptional, often prohibited perspective, perched on top of the 455 foot ancient structure. The group reportedly arrived early at the site, waited as inconspicuously as possible, and started to clandestinely ascend as night made their cover possible, according to accounts from the English Russia (Daily news from Russia in English).

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The great pyramids remain just as fascinating today, as they still provoke debate, arguments and questions, especially from an engineering viewpoint. Experts still ponder how ancient societies such as Egypt’s could then possibly erect such precise structures. These ancient tombs were believed to have been constructed over a 20 year period at around 2584 BC.

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The Great Pyramid of Giza is both the oldest and biggest of the pyramids in the Giza Necropolis and is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It is also the most preserved. The remarkable photos show how the structures have withstood sand and wind erosion through the centuries. They also show the undiminished majesty of these ancient wonders. It is said authorities used to be more lax about tourists scaling the structure but implemented stricter rules by the 1980s. Some guides though still reportedly accept bribes to take visitors partially up. This rumor is bolstered by reports from the Russian group seeing several notices at the top in different languages.

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Visit his blog for the more hi-res photos of their “adventure”.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.