Bent Pyramid

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 is constructed in

the desert on the west bank of the Nile, 40 km “25 mi” south of Cairo in the city of Dahshur.

Why is it?

The pyramid called bent due to miscalculations & engineering problems

regarding the structure and the limestone blocks which led to the weight

of the entire pyramid  distributed inappropriately which resulted in

the bottom section has an angle of 45 degrees while the top half has

the inclination of 43 degrees causing the structure  known

What is the Purpose of it?

One of the most unusual and unique constructions in Egypt and Probably

the world “Blunted”  built for Pharaoh Sneferu

(2575-2551 BC) the father of king Khufu, it built as his second

Pyramid as part of Sneferu’s plan to create an evolution to the pyramid

construction and increase all the architectural innovation of the era.

Facts about Bent Pyramid

The Bent Pyramid built 40 km (24 mi) south of Cairo on

the west bank of the Nile around 2600 BC.

It is one of the best-preserved and intact pyramids in all of

Egypt due to an exterior polished limestone unlike most of the pyramids in Egypt.

The ancient Egyptians called the pyramid the southern

shining pyramid and Sneferu is the shining in the south. It was the first true pyramid

to have smooth sides and your typical architectural design of a step pyramid.

It has an original height of 105 m (344 ft) two entrances with smooth sides, not a step Pyramid.

The Construction of the Bent Pyramid

The Bent Pyramid considered a true pyramid with a limestone polished

design with smooth sides, the first of its kind. The Bent Pyramid is 105 m

(344 ft) with 54 degrees to 43 degrees approximately one-third all the way

up to its full peak because the angle changed to avoid the structure

collapsing after noticing signs of weakness in it and the solution was to

change its angle. It has two entrances on the north and the west each leading

to a chamber. On the east side of the Pyramid are the scattered remains of its Pyramid temple.

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