A unclad couple on Pyramid of Egypt have sparked outrage across the country and the Egyptian authorities have already begun investigation into the viral video after it hit the internet.
The three-minute video recorded at night, which has stirred outrage and controversy among Egyptians on social media, shows parts of the climb as a man and a woman scale what appears to be the Great Pyramid of Giza with the skyline of Cairo in the background, CNN reported.
When they reach the top, the video shows the woman taking off her shirt and finishes with a still image showing them in a naked embrace.
Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani referred the case to the prosecutor general for investigation.
Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani called it a violation of public morality, and said the incident and the video will be investigated by the attorney general.
Ashraf Mohi, director general of the Giza Plateau, told Ahram Online the video is fake, since there is heavy security and the area around appears too brightly lighted.
“The pyramids are the most important historical landmarks in the world,” Mohi said. “People have different ambitions and passions when it comes to expressing their love for them.”
The video was uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday by Danish photographer Andreas Hvid, who posts images on social media of different sites from high vantage points around the world, sometimes depicting nudity.
“For many years I had dreamed of climbing the great pyramid,” Hvid told Ekstra Bladet, a Danish tabloid. “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 said he tried to climb the pyramid with a different friend earlier but they were caught by guards and interviewed at a local police station. He contacted friends in Denmark, and one came for the stunt at the end of November.
He has since traveled to Asia and says he will stay out of Egypt in the future.