Visitors will now have a golden opportunity to travel deep inside the tunnel of this ancient pyramid to visit the chambers. You can walk through a 256-foot (79 meters) tunnel down to the chambers inside the bent pyramid.
The bent pyramid was constructed for Pharaoh Sneferu around 2,600 BC. Sneferu, also known as Soris, was the first pharaoh of the Fourth Dynasty during the old kingdom.
Because this pyramid is bent, it looks very different from the other pyramids that most people recognize with their straight sides. The bending was caused by the way it was constructed causing the sides to alter in a short period of time.
A Soft Pyramid
The 331-foot pyramid was supposed to the same shape as other pyramids but the builders had to make some adjustments because they were building it on very soft clay that did not provide a stable foundation.
The Secretary-General of Egypt’s Supreme Council, Mostafa Waziri, said the cracks began to appear at the same time as the pyramid was being built. In order to compensate for the problem, they changed the angle from 54° to 43°.
Although its shape is quite unusual, it’s still a very important part of the construction of pyramids in Egypt. The bent pyramid forms a bridge between the gap of earlier structures, such as the stepped pyramids and the later straight angled sides like the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Although Sneferu’s burial place is still unknown, the bent pyramid, along with two others were built specifically for him.
Is the Mummy Still Inside?
Mohamed Shiha is the director of the site and he believes it’s possible that Sneferu is actually buried inside the bent pyramid but just has not been discovered yet.
That said, no one really knows where the Pharaoh is buried which will probably take a great deal more research from archaeologists.
This wonderful pyramid was first discovered in 1956 and this is the first time since its excavation that it has been opened to the public. This is also a plan by Egypt to bring visitors to less-traveled areas of ancient Egypt.
Some believe that the 59-foot (18 meters) high entrance was possibly built by Sneferu’s wife, Hetepheres.