Pyramid of Meidum
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Pyramid casing peeled away to reveal the core Jan 13, 2010
Meidum Pyramid – 2500 BC
The 4th Dynasty period of Meidum was built before those at Giza. The pyramid at Meidum is thought to have been originally built for Huni, the last King of the 3rd Dynasty. It was completed by his successor, Sneferu. Sneferu turned it from a step pyramid to a true pyramid by filling in the steps with limestone encasing. Sneferu then went on to build the Bent Pyramid and Step Pyramid at Dashur. Due to a design flaw the outer casing collapsed, leaving the core intact, making for an unusual sight.
Meidum is perhaps the most isolated and remote of all pyramids, there is nothing nearby at all, no river for transporting material, no modern day towns - nothing. It is a very desolate region that adds to the atmosphere greatly. There is a small fee to enter the site, which includes entrance inside the pyramid. Most tourists here are native Egyptians, there are usually some school trip students who are very friendly and inquisitive. The interior of the pyramid is brilliant, rising up and down before reaching the tomb chamber.
To get to Meidum Pyramid you should rent a taxi for the day from Cairo. It is possible to visit other sites such as Memphis on route or the Pyramids of La Hun and Hawara. As Meidum is in the Al Fayoum region, you will 'need' a military escort. Read the travel advice section in my Travel Blog.
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