The Bent Pyramid
The Bent Pyramid, created during the reign of Sneferu (2680-2560 B.C.), is the earliest smooth sided pyramid known. The bend is a result of a change in the design of the pyramid in mid-construction which would keep the pyramid from collapsing the same way the Pyramid at Meidum collapsed. The arrow indicates the entrance to the western passage.
The Dimensions of this pyramid are as follows:
Angle of Slope: 54 degrees, 27 minutes, 44 seconds (Up to the bend)
43 degrees, 22 minutes (After the Bend)
Height: 345 feet
Base Lenght: 617 feet
Because this pyramid has a greater amount of its outer casing still in place, the Bent Pyramid shows what plunderers have done to pyramids over the ages.
The plunderers have, for many years, stripped the limestone from the pyramid from the corners. While it is very obvious here, it has, more than likely, occured at every pyramid.
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Created: November 10, 2001 Updated: December 12, 2001