All Cities - Abu Sir
5th Dynasty Pyramids
The complex at Abu Sir is a necropolis from the 5. Dynasty, and was in use for a fairly short period of time, just about 70 years.
The importance of the area may have started sometime after 2500 BCE, and ended before 2420 BCE.

Younger than the pyramids of Giza, one gets surprised by the fact that they are so much smaller.

All in all there are 3 standing pyramids, plus the remains of a handful other. The Pyramid of Neferikare is the largest, with its height of 72M.
The name Abu Sir comes from the Egyptian "Per Wsir", which meant "Place of Osiris".

Seen from Saqqara (south). Pyramids of Abu Sir to the left, and pyramids of Giza to the right.

Seen from the north: From left, pyramid of Sahure, pyramid of Nyuserre and pyramid of Neferirkare.

              The mortuary temple.


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