October 24th, 2019

Egypt Opens Bent Pyramid To Group and Travelers

Egypt continues to add new attractions to appeal to its visitors. For the first time since 1965, groups now have the opportunity to visit the Bent Pyramid, located just south of Cairo. The 4,600 year old pyramid gets its name from its unsual shape, with two different angles of inclination. The 101 meter-high structure was built for Pharoah Senefru around 2,600 BCE and marks a key step in the evolution of pyramid construction.

Visitors can descend down a 79-meter narrow tunnel, to reach two chambers deep inside the structure. The tour also includes the adjoining 18-meter high “side pyramid”, built possibly for Snefru’s wife, Hetepheres.

What makes the pyramid unique is that the top section of the pyramid was built at the shallower angle of 43 degrees, lending the pyramid its very obvious 'bent' appearance. The angular shape of the pyramid contrasts with the straight sides of Snefru’s Red Pyramid just to the north, the first of ancient Egypt’s fully formed pyramids and the next step toward the Great Pyramid of Giza.

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