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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