Egypt opens Sneferu’s ‘Bent’ Pyramid to Visitors

Egypt’s has opened the Bent Pyramid near Cairo to the visitors.

The Bent Pyramid at Dahshur was built for pharaoh Snefru about 2,600BC, and was originally designed as a “true” pyramid with the steep 54-degree angle.

But the pyramid was being built on soft, silty clay, and there was a problem with stability and subsidence. This was solved by adjusting the angle to a flatter 43 degrees, 147ft up the face.

Visitors can now clamber down a 79m narrow tunnel from a raised entrance on the Bent Pyramid’s northern side to reach two chambers deep inside the structure.

They will also be able to enter an adjoining 18-metre high “side pyramid”. It is possibly for Sneferu’s wife Hetepheres, opened for the first time since its excavation in 1956.

Archaeologists also presented mummies, masks and tools discovered during continuing excavation works that began near the Dahshur pyramids last year.

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