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German teen faces life ban from Egypt after scaling Khufu pyramid

The young tourist climbed to the top of the Great Pyramid in Giza where he took photos and videos which he posted online

Nevine El-Aref , Wednesday 3 Feb 2016
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Photo taken by the German tourist atop Khufu
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Egypt's antiquities ministry sent an official notice to the German embassy in Egypt to ban a young German tourist from visiting Egypt in the future after he illegally scaled a pyramid in Giza, Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty announced today.

The 18-year-old Andrej Ciesielski illegally climbed the Great Pyramid of Khufu earlier this week to shoot collection of photographs and videos of the Giza Plateau from the pyramid's summit.

Egypt has strict rules against scaling pyramids, which is punishable by up to three years in prison.

Ciesielski was arrested by the antiquities and tourism police but was later released because of his ignorance of the law, the antiquities ministry said, adding that the teen promised not to repeat the stunt.

Hussein Abdel-Bassir, the director-general of the Giza Plateau, told Ahram Online that although the photos and the videos were confiscated, Ciesielski managed to post them on Facebook.

Abdel-Bassir added that Ciesielski also took videos and photographs without permission from the antiquities ministry. 

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Stephen
08-02-2016 06:19pm
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I understand both sides part 2
My comment was sent prior to completion. I had wished (being an art history instructor) that these views would have been available because it shows in clear detail the impossibility of the structure. It would have been nice for a more lingering shot at the base of the pyramid so that the sense of perspective and how the pyramid appears to lay flat could be mad more apparent. The other aspect is what the availability of these new portable technologies can do for our world view experience. I would hope that the rash age discriminatory reaction might at some point be moderated, and that what the 18 year old did, while breaking civic laws could b understood in the larger conservation arena. That he did not apparently carve his name up there, is something worth considring. Publicity stunt or not, the photo is stunnnig and will be a part of my class's discussion tonight. (with citations included).
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Al
09-02-2016 03:26am
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Response to parts 1&2
Stephen, no one with the right frame of mind would defend the teen , what he did was wrong, this is not the main issue. The main issue of my earlier comment is that Egypt has over 500,000 police and security staff; what is more important to protect 24/7 than the Pyramids? Scaling them by an 18-year old kid is not the worst could happen; the worst is a mad Islamist lunatic with 10 kilos of dynamite can take off a corner of the pyramid. If Egypt was short on police or security staff it would have been forgiven, but there are way too many of them arresting and torturing the wrong teens!
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Hani Booz
07-02-2016 12:43pm
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It is a harsh punshiment
When I was a kid we used to climb the pyramids .However properly for health and safety aspect it was decided to make a ban over 3 decades at least.That young German was determined to do it .He must have trained well for his task.He is only in his teens.That remind me with the french acrobat who crossed the twin tower in New York on a robe in the seventies. He was arrested and not charged.Actually I saw a recent documentary of him and his team which was terrific. Are we always very emotional in our judgement.May be this incident bring more tourists to Egypt in this bad time for tourism. Why do not we look at the bright side.I do not deny what the lad did is against the law.But how many of us do break the law daily by speeding etc.
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Ahmed.i
07-02-2016 10:26am
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tourism in Egypt
I am not a supporter of what he has done but he Publicity for tourism in Egypt.this way they didn't Confiscate his camera .
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Ahmed.i
07-02-2016 10:26am
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tourism in Egypt
I am not a supporter of what he has done but he Publicity for tourism in Egypt.this way they didn't Confiscate his camera .
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Jane
05-02-2016 08:00pm
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I would love to visit Egypt's pyramids - as they are and without distraction by non- caring climbers like this man. There is no excuse. Quite sure there are signs - and maybe a lack of other climbers might be a clue? Banning seems to be a legitimate action. So many people do not appreciate the fragility of most historical sites. Banning will not keep tourists away but could keep out others who want to perform other stunts. Protect your heritage!
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Ron
04-02-2016 09:00pm
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Not sure why this fellow would expect anything else. Everyone must follow the old " When in Rome" plan. We all know your not allowed to climb and damage these great wonders of the world. He is lucky his sad ass didn't get thrown in jail. Let this be a warning to others, respect these amazing wonders so they will stand for many centuries to come. Hope he has enjoyed his claim to fame, for now where ever he travels you can bet he will be on a watch list as he should be. All actions have repercussion and he is finding that out the hard way.
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Hermann Reuter
04-02-2016 01:56pm
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Being German too,
I know that in Germany any Egyptian mad enough to climb the top of the Cologne Dome (e.g.) had to face dire consequences. There is no reason to let the young man in Gizeh go without a sanction. Even if he is a tourist, he has to adhere to the rules and otherwise to face the consequences. THIS will not harm tourism. Do you really believe european tourists avoid Egypt because they are not allowed to climb the pyramids? A lifetime ban to enter Egypt may be open to discussion, but some reaction is necessary.
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Susan
04-02-2016 08:56am
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Good warning to all who want to try this, and to those who applauded it
Delighted he will be banned. Please think about these issues before you applaud this stupid and dangerous act: To many millions of people, all those who respect history and human heritage, this was bad news. He wanted to experience Egyptian culture? His act promites destruction of Egyptian culture and world heritage. This wasn't just a kid, this is a professional climber, and he could have chosen something like the 3 Peaks Challenge in South Sinai if his motive was to bring good publicity to Egypt. That was not his motive, he is purely a self-promoter. Unfortunately this has gone viral. While climbing to the top of the pyramid does not happen every day, climbing on monuments here in Egypt does and it is causing destruction. This story only encourages it. Already I have heard a report of tourist wanting to climb one of the great statues of Abu Simbel, citing this pyramid climb as a reason they should be allowed to do it. Visitors must be discouraged from repeating acts like this.
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Ken Hooper
05-02-2016 08:27pm
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Overreaction
I'm sure it's good for him to have been censured in some way, but blaming him for cultural destruction seems a bit far-fetched considering the pyramids are located beside one of the air polluted cities in the world. As to the punishment, it's a big world, there lots of other places in the world yo visit. Once is enough for Egypt.
Al
04-02-2016 04:08pm
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No one applauded him
He was wrong and perhaps should be fined, not banned for life. Who is more wrong and should be jailed is the security staff who were either asleep or bribed. If they are so incompetent or corrupt what stops a terrorist from vandalizing the Pyramids or blowing part of it off with dynamites?
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03-02-2016 11:18pm
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German Teen faces life ban
Egypt Antiquity Minister.EGYPT NEEDS TOURISM, responsible people are supposed to let the tourist know what is allowable and what is not. But to jail and humiliate and ban an 18 year old proud to show his Facebook friends and the world what he had achieved by climbing the PYRAMID? Your failed unfunctioning brain caused an embarrassment for all Egyptians living in the Western World May God help President El Sissy and help and protect Egypt from your likes.
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Aly Sadek - Toronto-Canada
03-02-2016 08:10pm
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Egypt...
.. The teen promised not to repeat the stunt...HE'S A TOURIST... A WARNING , IS MORE THEN ENOUGH.... MR. MINISTER OF TOURISM.. WAKE UP....BE MORE CIVILIZED.. WE IN EGYPT NEED THE TOURISTS.....OUR REPUTATION IN THE WORLD..IS BAD...BAD....AND VERY BAD DUE TO DECISIONS LIKE "Y O U R S"...I CAN'T BELIEVE..??? THANKS
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