Dahshur Pyramids, Egypt
Ranked #5 in Great Pyramids of Egypt.
Ranked #7 in Egypt Tourism
Dahshur is an archaeological site in Egypt known for many great pyramids such as the “The Bent Pyramid” and “The Red Pyramid” and ”The Black Pyramid”. These are among the largest and oldest Dahshur Pyramids as well as in all of Egypt and were built from 2613 – 2589 BC.
Reaching Dahshur Pyramids
Dahshur is about 40 kilometres from Cairo. Your best option to get here is by taxi. On your way you can also visit Saqqara which is 10 kms from Dahshur to see the Step Pyramids of Saqqara. Its a great place to see pyramids without the hoards of tourists as at Pyramids of Giza.
About Dahshur Pyramids
The Bent Pyramid – Derives its name from the irregularity of the pyramid’s side. This was not part of the plan. The pyramid was built with all the right intentions, but towards the finishing stages started caving in because of a structural flaw. Though the foundation was stabilized, the bent could not be altered. Also called Southern Shining Pyramid.
The Red Pyramid - Derives its name from the red colored finish the pyramid has from the type of rock used. Though it is one of the oldest pyramids, it is also one of the most well preserved pyramid. The best time to see it is at dusk when the red color really shows.
The Black Pyramid – Is really not worth visiting any more because most of the pyramid itself is eroded. What is left is ruins in black mud and stone which gives it the name.