The Pyramid of Sneferu

The Pyramid of Sneferu, also known as the Bent Pyramid or the Southern Shining Pyramid, is an ancient Egyptian pyramid located in Dahshur, about 40 kilometers south of Cairo. It is named after Pharaoh Sneferu, who ruled during the 4th Dynasty of the Old Kingdom.

Things to do at Pyramid of Sneferu:

  • Embrace the architectural details and understand key point of interest:

The Pyramid of Sneferu is unique because it has two different angles of inclination. The lower part of the pyramid has a steep angle of 54 degrees, but halfway up, the angle changes to a more gradual 43 degrees. This change in angle gives the pyramid a bent appearance, hence its name.

The pyramid was originally built as a step pyramid, but during construction, the architects changed their plans and decided to give it a smooth surface by changing the angle of inclination. As a result, the pyramid is believed to be one of the earliest attempts at constructing a true, smooth-sided pyramid. It is made of limestone and stands at a height of 101 meters, with a base of 188 meters. The burial chamber of Sneferu is located in the subterranean part of the pyramid, and it was discovered in 1956.

  • The Pyramid of Sneferu is an amazing structure that deserves exploration:

The pyramid's inner chambers are accessible via a series of ladders leading to the entrance. Even though it's not easy to get to the top of the pyramid, once you're there you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding area.

  • Learn about the culture and history of ancient Egypt by visiting other tombs in the area on a guided tour:

Explore the Necropolis of Dahshur, Home to the Pyramid of Sneferu, and Many Other Remarkable Tombs and Pyramids.

  • Get a thorough understanding of the history:

The Pyramid of Sneferu and its surrounding area are rich in history, and there are many resources available to help you learn about it. The significance of the pyramid and its place in history are detailed in guides and on display boards.

  • Click photographs to capture and eternalise its beauty:

The Pyramid of Sneferu is an impressive landmark, and a worthy subject for photographs. The splendor of this historic building can be captured in photographs taken from a variety of vantage points. Visit the Pyramid of Sneferu and take in the stunning desert scenery that surrounds the Dahshur necropolis. Enjoy the peaceful setting by taking a stroll through the neighborhood.

  • Stay back for the evening show of glitz and pomp:

Experience a one-of-a-kind and unforgettable sound and light show at the Pyramid of Sneferu every night. As the pyramid is lit up, you can listen to music and listen to narration about ancient Egypt.

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Address of The Pyramid of Sneferu

The Red Pyramid, the desert hinterland of Giza Governorate, Giza 3300001, Egypt

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