- Type: Pyramids and Tombs
NileGuide Expert Says:
The Bent and Red Pyramids of Dahshur are almost as spectacular as the Pyramids of Giza, but nowhere near so crowded, so you can visit in comfort.
NileGuide Expert tip:
Dahshur is very exposed, so make sure you take sun protection and plenty of water.
- The Dahshur funerary complex contains the Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid, believed to have been built by the pharaoh Snefru, father of Khufu (builder of the Great Pyramid of Giza).
The Red Pyramid is the third largest pyramid in Egypt, after the Pyramid of Khufu and the Pyramid of Chephren at the Giza Plateau. It is very well preserved, and is known as the Red Pyramid because of the reddish hue of the exposed granite blocks. It is believed to be the first true pyramid in the world: with smooth, sloping sides, in contrast to the stepped pyramid at Saqqara.
It is possible to enter the pyramid, which is an amazing experience. Although there isn't much to see, the sensation of being inside such a massive structure is incredible.
The Bent Pyramid is about 1 km south of the Red Pyramid, and the police will not usually let you visit it. You can, however, take some good photos that show why the pyramid is called the Bent Pyramid: half way up the angle of the slope changes, possibly because the architect was worried the pyramid might collapse.
Dahshur receives far fewer visitors than the Pyramids of Giza, and you will often have this special site all to yourself. It's best to visit the Dahshur pyramids by taxi, and you can combine your trip with a visit to nearby Saqqara and Memphis.
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