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Bent Pyramid Historical Facts and Pictures

Located at the royal necropolis of Dahshur, the Bent Pyramid was built by Pharaoh Sneferu in 2600 BC. The name is derived from its mysterious shape, which suddenly changes to a 43 degree angle in the upper part from the 54 degree inclined lower part. Several theories are related to this odd transformation in angles. It is believed that the unusual structure resulted due to Pharaoh Sneferu’s realization to save enormous amount of labor and materials, which were required if he had continued to build the pyramid according to its initial angle. Hence, he decided to change the angle so that the structure should not reach a colossal height. Another theory suggests that the change of angles was the outcome of the displacement and cracking of blocks that formed the passageways and chambers. The German born British medical physicist Kurt Alfred Georg Mendelssohn suggested that the change of angle was a sign of a security precaution after the catastrophic collapse of Meidum Pyramid.

Bent Pyramid Images

Bent Pyramid Images

Bent Pyramid Photos

Bent Pyramid Photos

Bent Pyramid Pictures

Bent Pyramid Pictures

Bent Pyramid

Bent Pyramid

Bent Pyramid Entrance

Bent Pyramid Entrance

Bent Pyramid Entrance

Bent Pyramid Satellite Entrance

Bent Pyramid Satellite Entrance

Interior passages in Bent Pyramid

The Bent Pyramid consists of two entrances. The low entrance on the north side, occupying a wooden stairway, built for the convenience of the visitors, leads to a chamber below the ground level. The high western entrance leads to a chamber that is adjacent to the pyramid itself. A pair of stone blocks closes the passage in the west entrance. A connecting passage adjoins the north chamber to the western passage.

Bent Pyramid Interior

Bent Pyramid Interior

Stairways Inside Bent Pyramid

Stairways Inside Bent Pyramid

Inside Structures of Bent Pyramid

The pyramid complex consists of a pyramid temple on the east and a satellite pyramid on the south. Built of white limestone, the temple comprises three equal sections. It is presumed to be similar to Meidum temple. The satellite pyramid is built of limestone blocks, which are relatively thick and arranged in horizontal order. It occupies the burial chamber in its center, which can be accessed through a descending corridor. A horizontal passage connects this descending corridor to an ascending corridor.

Bent Pyramid Inside

Bent Pyramid Inside

Bent Pyramid Outer Door View

Bent Pyramid Outer Door View

Inside Bent Pyramid

Inside Bent Pyramid

According to archaeologists, this fascinating structure exemplifies the transitional form between step pyramids and smooth pyramids. The uniqueness of the pyramid also lies in its original polished limestone casing, which still remains intact, demonstrating the sparkling brilliance of the pyramids of Egypt before their casings are crumbled away.

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One Response to Bent Pyramid Historical Facts and Pictures

  1. Anisha says:

    Great information for my project. Well done.

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Quick Info

Giza, Egypt

2600 BC

Sneferu
Bent pyramid
188.6 m
101.1 m
54°27' (lower) 43°22' (upper)