Was photo of couple having sex on top of Egypt’s Great Pyramid FAKED? Authorities say they are investigating its ‘authenticity’ after critics point out clues suggesting it isn’t real
- Andreas Hvid claims to have climbed the Great Pyramid before taking a picture
- Image shows him lying naked on top of a ‘female friend’ with city behind them
- But critics say image is too bright to have been taken at night, and call it a fake
- Egypt is probing the authenticity of the image and a video of them climbing up
A Danish photographer who caused outrage in Egypt after apparently having sex on top of the Great Pyramid has been accused of faking a photo of the act.
Andreas Hvid is being investigated by Egyptian authorities for violating public morality in a country which often censors pop stars for wearing revealing clothing.
But questions have been raised about the authenticity of the image he posted online after critics pointed out that it appears too bright to be taken at night.
Andreas Hvid sparked outrage after posting this picture of himself appearing to have sex with a woman atop the Great Pyramid, but questions have been raised about its authenticity
A video shot by Hvid before the stunt on top of the pyramid shows him and a female accomplice climbing up the side of the pyramid in darkness.
But the image taken at the top, which appears to show them naked and lying on top of one another, is much brighter.
Mostafa Waziri, the secretary general of Egypt’s supreme antiquities council, said: ‘The public prosecution is investigating the incident of the Danish photographer and the authenticity of the photos and video of him climbing the pyramid.’
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The video shows Hvid and the woman climbing to the top of the 4,500-year-old pyramid and looking out over Cairo before the woman removes her top.
Posting the clips online, Hvid wrote: ‘In late November 2018, a friend and I climbed the Great Pyramid of Giza (a.k.a. Pyramid of Khufu, Pyramid of Cheops).
‘Fearing to be spotted by the many guards, I did not film the several hours of sneaking around at the Giza Plateau, which lead up to the climb.’
He also posted a link to his website, which shows the explicit picture.
Egypt, a mostly Muslim country, regards the pyramids of Giza as among its most important monuments and climbing them above a certain height is strictly forbidden (file image)
But it quickly attracted a backlash from commenters, who branded it disrespectful.
One said: ‘In my opinion, the nude stuff is very disrespectful and ignorant.’
Another added: ‘Total disgrace. Total disrespect for local culture.’
‘On behalf of historians and archaeologists everywhere, I hope you both end up in jail,’ another added.
‘A 7,000-year-old civilisation has turned into a bed sheet,’ a Twitter user said.
On his website, which also contains other examples of his ‘nude art,’ Hvid says he is ‘forever in search of beautiful locations where you cannot be.’
Egypt, a mostly Muslim country, regards the pyramids of Giza as among its most important monuments.
Climbing them above a certain level is forbidden and the entire site is closed to the public after 5pm and patrolled by police officers.
The Great Pyramid is the largest in Giza, standing at 146 metres (480ft) tall, and is the only surviving structure of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
In 2016, a German tourist was barred from entering the country for life after he posted online footage of climbing one of the ancient structures.
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