A group of Russian tourists waited until official visiting hours were over at Egypt’s famous Giza Necropolis, before scaling the enormous Great Pyramid to take these incredible photos atop this wonder of the ancient world. That’s right, they evaded the attention of the security guards, which enabled photographer Vitaliy Raskalov to capture “pictures of the surrounding desert and the majestic Sphinx from the top of the 455ft structure.” Continue reading to see more.

According to English Russia: “Officials in Egypt put a stop to people attempting to climb the pyramids in the 1980s, but it thought some guides will still take tourists part of the way up the structures in exchange for bribes. The group of Russians claim to have arrived at the complex early and waited in the shadows before starting their climb as night began to fall.”