"Early Pyramids" Dahshur by uglyscot

Dahshur Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 47 photos

The plateau where the Red Pyramid and Bent Pyramid of Sneferu [Snofru] are situated was until recently out of bounds as it lay in a military area. It is now open to tourists, but as yet few take the opportunity to visit them as they lies some miles south of Saqqarah, definitely off the beaten track.

Originally there were 11 pyramids here, but now only 3 are still standing. the rest having collapsed.

Snofru was the father of Khufu who built the Great Pyramid. These two pyramids are the first attempts to build a true pyramid. The first attempt [ the Bent Pyramid] failed , so the angle had to be adjusted.
The second attempt [The Red Pyramid] was built with a different angle and is the precursor of the Great Pyramid of Khufu.
It is called the Red Pyramid because at certain times it seems to be built of red stone.

The third pyramid is that of Amenemhat III but is just a core with rubble at the foot. It is not possible to visit it close up as is still in the military area.

Visitors pay £2 Egyptian for a vehicle and then the entry fee per person. As I was a resident I was only charged £5 , the same as Egyptians. I don't know what the present rate is for foreign tourists
When we went there were very few tourists visiting the site. There are no facilities , so take water with you.

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  • Pros:interesting monuments and few tourists
  • Cons:off the beaten path
  • Last visit to Dahshur: Jan 2003
  • Intro Updated Dec 15, 2009
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