For the first time since 1965, people will be able to visit the unique structure. One that is over four thousand years old.
The Egyptian pyramids serve as a cultural and historical landmark. Annually, thousands of visitors make their way into the desert to marvel at the architectural feats and learn about their past. There is now another pyramid to visit, and it’s one that may bend some noses out of shape.
Recently, the Eqyptian Ministery of Antiquities announced that for the first time since 1965, the pyramid known as the ‘Bent Pyramid’ would be open to the public.
The Bent Pyramid dates back to around 2,600 B.C. during the Old Kingdom of Egypt and was built by the Pharoah Sneferu. The structure is significant as it marks a change in the architecture of Egyptian pyramids, having been built between the construction of two other pyramids, the Djoser Step Pyramid and the Meidum Pyramid. It also forms part of a collection of pyramids that belong to the Dashur royal necropolis, a burial site located just West of the river Nile and 40 kilometres South of the Egyptian capital of Cairo.
The structure is made up of two different angles. From its base, the pyramid ascends at a 54-degree angle, with that part covered in a smooth casing of limestone. The angle of ascension then drops to 43 degrees, which is less steep and creates the bent effect by which the pyramid is named. The change in angle is due to the fact that cracks started to appear, and architects were intent on completing the pyramid for the Pharoah. The Bent Pyramid was one of three structures built for him. The site also features an 18-metre high ‘side pyramid’ which is hypothesised to have been built for the Pharoah’s wife, Hetepheres.
People visiting the Bent Pyramid will be able to venture inside it by climbing down a 79-metre-long tunnel found on its Northern side. The Egyptian government is looking to boost tourism in the region of Dashur, as it is less popular than the more prominent pyramids of Giza. At the same time of the announcement, the ministry revealed a collection of artefacts that date back to the Late Period. This is considered to be a period between 664 B.C. and 332 B.C. The artefacts include sarcophagi and stone-cutting tools. Also revealed was the tomb of Sa Eset, a supervisor of pyramids and whose resting place contains a series of well-preserved funerary hieroglyphics.