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Egypt reportedly opens revamped Pharaoh Sneferu ‘bent’ pyramid

Project is one of two pyramids built for Fourth Dynasty founding Pharaoh Sneferu in Dahshur, 40 km south of capital Cairo

Egypt's 'bent' pyramid is located 40 km south of Cairo.
Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
Egypt's 'bent' pyramid is located 40 km south of Cairo.

Egypt has reportedly re-opened the “bent” pyramid for visitors in Dahshur, south of Cairo, after completing restoration work.

According to news outlet Reuters, the 4,600 year old structure will be used as a tourist attraction, with visitors able to climb down a 79m tunnel from a raised entrance on the pyramid’s northern face.

Visitors will also be able to enter an adjoining 18m high “side pyramid”, according to reports.

The pyramid is one of two structures built for Fourth Dynasty founding Pharaoh, Sneferu.

Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities secretary general, Mostafa Waziri, reportedly said architects identified the project as the “bent” pyramid after they were forced to change the angle of the structure when cracks started appearing.

“Sneferu lived a very long time. The architects wanted to reach the complete shape, the pyramid shape,” Dahshur site director, Mohamed Shiha, is reported to have said.

“Exactly where he was buried — we are not sure of that. Maybe in this [bent] pyramid, who knows?”

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