Bent Pyramid at Dahshur

Bent Pyramid at Dahshur

Bent Pyramid at Dahshur

Bent Pyramid at Dahshur is an ancient Egyptian pyramid and is located in the Royal Cemetery of Dahshur. It was built during the reign of the ancient kingdom of Pharaoh Sneferu around 2600 BC. It is an example of early pyramid development in Egypt with a more basic design and was the second pyramid built by Sneferu.

History

The curved pyramid is located in the Dahshur cemetery and was built during the reign of the Old Kingdom Pharaoh Sneferu. What makes Sneferu's final resting place different from all other pyramids is its change in angle towards the top and why Sneferu had to build two pyramids only one kilometer apart. In fact, many saw that the bent pyramid resulted from a change in plan due to concerns about its stability, and when these concerns persisted, a second, safer pyramid was built to ensure Sneferu's afterlife.

Its construction

The curved pyramid is unusual in that it has two entrances, one on its western side and the more traditional one on its northern face. To the south of it is the Queen's sub-pyramid Her coffin was transported to Giza for safekeeping, and was hidden under a column next to the Great Pyramid of her son Khufu.

The internal structure of the curved pyramid

There is no doubt that visiting the curved pyramid is an exciting experience, as you can explore its internal structure, which includes a series of corridors and rooms leading to the burial chamber. In addition to the Bent Pyramid, the Dahshur site is also home to several other ancient pyramids, such as the Red Pyramid and the Black Pyramid.

 

 

 

 

 

Bent Pyramid at Dahshur
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  • Greater Cairo – the capital of Egypt, home to the Giza Pyramids, the Egyptian Museum and fabulous Islamic architecture.
  • Luxor – the gateway to the Valley of the Kings, amongst other fabulous attractions.
  • Aswan – a more relaxed option, full of amazing sights.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why was the Bent Pyramid closed?
The pyramid was closed to visitors in 1965 for restoration and further exploration. During this time, internal and external stairs.
Does the Bent Pyramid still exist?
This change in angle gave the pyramid its unique bent shape which can still be seen today. The Dahshur Pyramids are some of Egypt's oldest monuments and remain an important part of Egyptian history today.
Can you go inside the Bent Pyramid?
Yes, you can enter the Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid.
Why is it called the Bent Pyramid?
It appears “bent” because its slope changes at the mid-way point; the lower part of the pyramid was built at an angle of 54 degrees, but the top part clocks in at an angle of 43 degrees.
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