Photo Friday: The Bent Pyramid

Photo Friday, Things to Do — By Pharaonick on July 16, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Today’s Friday Photo is of the Bent Pyramid, part of the Dahshur funerary complex that is located around 40 km south of central Cairo.

During the Old Kingdom, when Memphis was the ancient Egyptian capital, pretty much the whole of the west bank of the Nile was a necropolis. Dahshur is the southernmost site, with Saqqara and then the Giza Plateau further north.

The Bent Pyramid is believed to be the fifth pyramid built in Egypt, and was the second built by Sneferu (father of Khufu, builder of the Great Pyramid). You can see that the angle of the sides changes about half way up, from 55 to 43 degrees (hence the name). The most common explanation for this is that the pyramid was showing signs of instability, so the workers changed to a shallower angle to avoid having it collapse.

Tags: Bent Pyramid, Dahshur, Pyramids, Red Pyramid


  • Liv says:

    I’m torn between saying, “fire that architect” and “make him his own statue ’cause that bent pyramid isn’t going ANYWHERE!”

  • Pharaonick says:

    Yeah man, his own statue… wonder what it would look like??!!

  • Liv says:

    It’d look like a dude with one bum leg.

  • Pharaonick says:

    Too right! Although the possibilities are endless. I’m imagining a guy with his arms held diagonally at two different angles, a guy bent over double, or even a guy with a look of pure horror on his face as he envisions his pyramid collapsing.

  • Liv says:

    I think you’re just the guy to portray that “Pyramid! No!” look of horror. Time to get back into that Ramesses gear.


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