Bent Pyramid – Bent Pyramid of Sneferu
The Bent Pyramid was one of the first Pyramids to be ever built in ancient Egyptian history. It was built by Pharaoh Sneferu father of Khufu the builder of the Great Pyramid of Giza in 2600 BC during the 4th dynasty and was known as “The Southern Shining Pyramid”. It reaches the height of 104.7 m (344 ft.) on a base of 189.6 m (622 ft.) and is constructed in the desert on the west bank of the Nile, 40 km (25 mi) south of Cairo in the city of Dahshur.
It was the second attempt to build a smooth-sided pyramid after the collapsed pyramid of Meidum but was not successful due to miscalculations & engineering problems regarding the structure and the limestone blocks which led to the weight of the entire pyramid being distributed inappropriately which resulted in the bottom section has of the angle of 45 degrees while the top half has the inclination of 43 degrees causing the structure to be known as “The Bent Pyramid”. After this huge failure, a second pyramid was built by King Sneferu called the Red Pyramid. The bent pyramid was a great learning experience for the next generations as king Khufu perfected his father’s Sneferu Designs and building process to build one of the seven wonders of the world“The Great Pyramid of Giza”.
The pyramid inaccurate construction led to the limestone blocks and casings to naturally dismantle which was used on other construction projects and would give the visitors a close look on what the pyramids would be like without the outer stones, check our Egypt tour packages to book your trip.