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Bent Pyramid, Cairo

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One of the most significant of Egypt's ancient necropolises, Bent Pyramid is located just 40 km (25 mi) south of Cairo--it's also part of the Memphis World Heritage Site. The two main pyramids here represent two of the oldest and most complete in the country, constructed between 2613 and 2589 BCE and commissioned by Pharaoh Sneferu. The first, the so-called Bent Pyramid, was rejected after an attempt to make it smooth-sided caused the unstable base to subside. The second, known as the Red Pyramid, shows a marked evolution in design and is believed to have been accepted by the pharaoh, who intended it as his funerary site. Make Bent Pyramid a part of your Cairo vacation plans using our Cairo travel planner.
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  • Dahshur (about 50 min south of Giza) has even older pyramids. The drive alongside River Nile to Dahshur was eye opening to this land and culture. There were more vegetations growing beside the river.....  more »
  • The 15 square kilometers of the Dahshur necropolis is vital to our view of Ancient Egypt as the site of the first smooth sided pyramid built by Egyptian Pharaoh Sneferu, builder oft three pyramids...  more »
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