October 24th, 2019

Egypt Opens Bent Pyramid To Groups 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 unusual shape, with two different angles of inclination. The 101-meter-high structure was built for Pharaoh Senefru around 2,600 BCE and marks a key step in the evolution of pyramid construction.

Visitors can descend 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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