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Dahshur



Dahshur
Introduction

1. The Red Pyramid

2. Interior

3. The Bent Pyramid

4. Pyramid satellite

5. Details

6. Amenemhet 3 pyramid

7. Sesostris 3 pyramid

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DAHSHUR
Details of the Bent Pyramid

Temple of the Bent Pyramid, Dahshur, Egypt

Don't just pass the ceremonial chapel on the eastern side of the pyramid. Yes, it is tiny and seems unimportant. But it does cast light upon the very interesting development from pyramids to temples as the primary expression of the Egyptian pharaohs.
Instead of the huge mortuary complexes that later would motivate small pyramids, this chapel is as small as it gets. What you see now, is about all there every was.
Yet, it must be iterated that earlier structures like Zoser's Step Pyramid had large surrounding complexes, but his pyramid was quite small compared to Snefru's. Casing on top of the inner structure of the Bent Pyramid, Dahshur, Egypt

No other pyramid does more to explain the coexistence of core structure and casing than the Bent Pyramid. It has preserved more of the original casing than any other, and the casing goes all the way down to the ground at many points.




By Tore Kjeilen