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Pyramid of Meidum
The mysteries of Egypt are many and the Pyramid at Meidum is no exception. Five miles south of Saqqara stands the tower-like pyramid of Meidum, which scarcely resembles a typical pyramid at all. The remains of the tower-like core rise from what appears to be little more than a pile of sand. The pile is actually composed of pulverized pieces of the original structure of the pyramid. This pyramid represents the first known attempt at the construction of a "true" pyramid. Before the Pyramid at Meidum was built, the only preceding pyramids were all "step" or "layer" pyramids, this pyramid was probably built during the reign of the 4th Dynasty King Sneferu. It is believed by some that the pyramid may have been started by Sneferuís predecessor, Huni. Since Sneferu goes on to build two more pyramids at Dahshur, within the enclosure of Meidum, in 1910 the mortuary temple was discovered within the enclosure wall. It is unique in many ways, above all because it was the first one to be built on the east rather than the north side of the pyramid. It is also the most intact and well preserved temple from the Old Kingdom IWNTA - SIGHTSEEING - Visits near Cairo - Pyramid of Meidum
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