Abu Sir - Land of the Forgotten Pyramids
Remnants of the Pyramid Age
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Let's take an actual look at the site:
The Pyramid of Sahure
Here is the east side of the pyramid of Sahure as seen between two columns from its Mortuary Temple. Although this pyramid is in grave disrepair, the remains its temples have contributed to our understanding of the life of the pyramid complex. Originally its causeway, which led from the Valley Temple to the Mortuary, was covered and richly decorated.
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The Pyramid of Neferirkare
The Pyramid of Neferirkare as approached from its north side leading to
its entrance, now blocked by debris. Planned perhaps as a stepped pyramid, evidence
suggests that the steps were probably filled and so this too was most likely to be a
"true" pyramid. This pyramid is the highest of the three largest pyramids in Abu
Visit The Pyramid of Neferirkare
The Pyramid of Niuserre
The middle pyramid at Abu Sir is that of Niuserre. This pyramid was built last and precariously placed in between the pyramids of Sahure and Neferirkare. The pyramid was approximately the same height of that of Sahure. Here it is viewed from its east face over the the remains of its mortuary temple
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The site of Abu Sir contains several pyramids which were built in the 5th Dynasty, just after the magnificent pyramids of the 4th Dynasty at Dahshur and Giza. These 5th Dynasty pyramids were inferior in their construction to that of the pyramids of the 4th Dynasty, and consisted of a core of blocks of roughly hewn limestone packed with mudbrick mortar and rubble, finally faced with polished limestone which originally resulted in a finely finished appearance. The site of Abu Sir is located just to the west of the Nile, as is the site of Giza, and is situated well above the water level of the River Nile. Abu Sir is really an extension of Saqqara located to its north. Although the design and workmanship of these pyramids are inferior to that of the earlier pyramids at Giza, their mortuary temples were more elaborate than those at previous pyramid complexes and included magnificent painted reliefs, majestic columns and long covered causeways. These temples have yielded useful information describing the workings of the pyramid complex in ancient Egypt.
The main large pyramids at Abu Sir are those of the Kings Sahure, Niuserre, and Neferirkare. Also present is the remains of a smaller pyramid of a Queen, named Khentawes who may have been the mother of Neferirkare. Others include the unfinished pyramid of Raneferef and another unfinished pyramid, possibly belonging to King Shepseskare.
North and west of the Abu Sir pyramids lie several Sun Temples which belonged to Niuserre and yet another 5th Dynasty King, Userkaf.
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