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1. The Red Pyramid

2. Interior

3. The Bent Pyramid

4. Pyramid satellite

5. Details

6. Amenemhet 3 pyramid

7. Sesostris 3 pyramid


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The Bent Pyramid seen from the foot of the Red Pyramid. Dahshur, Egypt

Dahshur necropolis
Red Pyramid of Snefru Bent Pyramid of Senfru Pyramid of Sesostris 3 Queen pyramid of the Bent Pyramid Pyramid of Amenemhet 3 Click on map to open articles
The necropolis of Dahshur belongs to two periods of ancient Egyptian history, the 4th and the 12th dynasties, corresponding to the times around 2600 BCE and 1900 BCE.
Dahshur has 5 main pyramids (plus 2 subsidiary pyramids), and the strange thing is that the 2 oldest are best preserved, the Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid, both built by Snefru, the father of Khufu.
Snefru is apparently the most active pyramid builder of all Egyptian pharaohs. 3 pyramids are accredited him, the third is his experimental pyramid at Meidum, which might be the first true pyramid of all.
Why Snefru chose Dahshur for his final pyramids, we don't know. Why not Saqqara, if it shouldn't be the southern location of Meidum?

Entrance to the Red Pyramid. Dahshur, Egypt

By Tore Kjeilen