But the results are spectacular.
These photographs capture the views from the top of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
A group of Russian tourists waited until official visiting hours were over at Egypt’s famous Giza Necropolis, before scaling the enormous Great Pyramid as the sun began to set.
The Russians managed to escape the attention of security guards at the ancient site, allowing photographer Vitaliy Raskalov to snap pictures of the surrounding desert and the majestic Sphinx from the top of the 455ft structure…
The most powerful religious moments in 2012 were captured in what have become iconic photos. This collection, selected by the HuffPost Religion editors contains images that break and warm our hearts.
We hope you looking through them evokes powerful, inspiring memories.