Egypt opens 4,600 year old 'bent' pyramid to tourists

Jul 17 2019, 3:15 am

When travellers think of Egypt, they think of its rich ancient history, and of course, the many sites to see — including the Great Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza.

Now travellers planning to go to Egypt can add one more site to their bucket list: The Senefru Bent Pyramid.

The country’s antiquities minister announced on Saturday that the Bent pyramid will be open now to the public for the first time, according to state media Al-Ahram.

Journalists reportedly made their way to Dahshur Necropolis in Giza to join Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany, as well as African and foreign ambassadors to inaugurate the pyramid.

The minister of antiquities said the Bent pyramid, which is located south of Cairo, is now part of the Memphis Necropolis, on the UNESCO World Heritage list.



Ministry of Antiquities-Arab Republic of Egypt (AntiquitiesOf / Twitter)

According to the report, the pyramid was built under Pharaoh Sneferu (c. 2600 BC) and is an example of early pyramid development — after showing signs of instability during the construction process, builders changed the angle of the construction to 45 degrees, but then the structure showed signs of decay, so builders constructed another pyramid beside it called the Red Pyramid to serve as a burial site.

On Saturday, the Minister of Antiquities tweeted “The opening of Senefru’s Bent pyramid and the announcement of a new discovery consists of a collection of clay and wooden sarcophagi with mummies and funerary masks.”

Ministry of Antiquities-Arab Republic of Egypt (AntiquitiesOf / Twitter)

Ministry of Antiquities-Arab Republic of Egypt (AntiquitiesOf / Twitter)

Apparently, more work is expected to continue in efforts to discover more secrets in the area, according to state media Al-Ahram.

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