All Cities - Dahshur

Pyramids beyond history
he necropolis of Dahshur belongs to two periods of ancient Egyptian history, the 4th and the 12th dynasties, corresponding to the times around 2600 BCE and 1900 BCE.

Dahshur has 5 main pyramids (plus 2 subsidiary pyramids), and the strange thing is that the 2 oldest are best preserved, the Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid, both built by Snefru, the father of Cheops.

Snefru is apparently the most active pyramid builder of all Egyptian pharaohs. 3 pyramids are accredited him, the third is his experimental pyramid at Meidum, which might be the first true pyrami of all.

Why Snefru chose Dahshur for his final pyramids, we don't know. Why not Saqqara, if it shouldn't be the southern location of Meidum.


Pyramid of Amenemhet 3
Of the 3 collapsed pyramids at Dahshur, the one of Amenemhet 3 is the most remarkable. It is also called the Black Pyramid, but the black granite that surmounted it is now in The National Museum in Cairo.


Amenemhet 3 was a pharaoh of the 12th Dynasty and ruled for 46 years, from 1831 until 1786 BCE. 




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