(CNN) — Was it the ultimate adventure or an audacious act of disrespect that should be punished by law?
An Internet sensation was touched off this week by Russian photographer Vadim Makhorov and a group of his friends — the group ignored regulations prohibiting the public from climbing on the Pyramids at Giza, Egypt, and came away with spectacular photos.
Taken on top of the Pyramids from positions clearly taken to avoid detection by guards, the photos have incited reactions ranging from envy and awe to indignation and concern for the preservation of the ancient wonders.
In an email to CNN, Makhorov now explains his reasons for flaunting the regulations, and issues an apology to Egypt and the world.
Vadim Makhorov’s email to CNN
“I’ve always been drawn to Egypt. For as long as I can remember my dream was to get to the top of the Great Pyramid of…
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