Out of all the 118 pyramids in Egypt, one pyramid seems to be more special, the pyramid of Djedefre has always been shrouded with many unanswered questions. It has been dubbed the lost pyramid as the pyramid may have one the highest pyramids ever built that could rival the great pyramids of Giza. The Djedefre pyramid is believed that be the same height as the third pyramid of Giza, the pyramid of Menkaure.
The pyramid of Djedefre was considered to be one of the most beautiful of all the pyramids as it contained an exterior of polished, limestone and imported granite and crowned with a large pyramidion but the site remains an unfinished funerary complex since its construction in the old kingdom by the fourth dynasty ruler Djedefra (2566-2558 BC), the name Djedefra means is Sehedu star and the pyramid was once called "Djedefre's Starry Sky".
The destruction of the pyramid started at the end of the new kingdom (1550-1050 BC) all throughout the roman the Christian era in order to construct various temples and monasteries and at the times of the 19th century, it was proven that the stones were being hauled away by camels at the rate of three hundred loads a day.
The pyramid of Djedefre is located in the continuation of Gebel El-Ghigiga on the western bank of the Nile valley, in the archaeological area of Abu Rowash that belongs in the northern section of the necropolis at the city of Memphis. The pyramid is believed to have been destroyed for an unknown reason.
The architecture of the Djedefre's pyramid is highly more different than its immediate predecessors as the chambers were beneath the pyramid instead of inside. The pyramid of Djedefre was built on a natural mound as it symbolizes the Ancient Egyptian creation myth and the chambers were constructed using a ramp.
The pharaoh dug a pit deep in the mound and by using the ramp the chambers and the access passage were constructed. After the inner chambers were built, the pit and the ramp were filled in and the pyramid was built over the top, this allowed the chambers to be made without any form of tunneling and were able to avoid the structural complication regarding making chambers within the body of the pyramid itself.
The pyramid of Djedefre was created by a rectangular enclosure wall oriented north-south similar to the architectural style of Djoser and Sekhemkhet. The mortuary temple is on the east side of the pyramid, the boat pit contained many fragments of red, and the boat pit contained many fragments of red quartzite statuary with three painted heads from statues of the pharaoh Djedefra.
To the north of the pyramid is Wadi Quran which is still unexcavated. The site also contains some remains and statues from the Coptic era. To the east of the pyramid complex is an old kingdom cemetery and about two km to the south are the remains of a brick-built pyramid comprising a knoll of rock and a burial chamber.
Egypt is the home of some of the most majestic constructions in the world which hypnotizes the mind and showcases new levels of greatness and beauty so go on the adventure you always dreamed of and explore all of Egypt's enchanting destinations through our Egypt holiday packages.
Private 4 Days Cairo Tour Packages for New Zealander Travelers 4 days Cairo Egypt Tour package will be ...
5 Days Cairo and Alexandria Tour Package For New Zealander Travelers 5 days Cairo and Alexandria tour pa...
6 Days Cairo, Luxor & Aswan Tour Package For New Zealander Travelers 6 days Cairo, Luxor & Aswan...
Amazing 7 Days Cairo and Hurghada Holiday for New Zealander Travelers 7 Days Cairo & Hurghada tour p...
Egypt Tours Portal prides itself on being the best travel agency in Egypt as proven by our numerous positive reviews.
This review is a late, but I had to provide some feedback. My brother and I went on vacation in October 2022 and booked with Egypt Tours Portal. With on-line sc...Read More
My fiancé and I booked a private 5 day tour of Egypt with ETP starting in Cairo followed by Aswan, Abu Simbel and Luxor. We just got home and continue to talk ...Read More
This was the trip of a lifetime that I was able to have with my eldest son - an absolutely amazing experience. To be able to actually see the places and artifac...Read More
Highly recommend this tour company!!! Our guides, Moses, Mahmoud, Magred and Mohamed were exceptional, their knowledge of the history is more that accurate, the...Read More
Egypt Tours Portal is an excellent company to use to arrange your visit to Egypt. They work with phenomenal guides (we had Mahmoud Nour in Upper Egypt and Mohse...Read More
It was an absolutely amazing trip where we saw some of the most historical and beautiful sights in Egypt. Our tour guide Mohamed Elshemei was extremely knowledg...Read More