A FLAWED EFFORT
This first Egyptian attempt at a smooth-sided pyramid was likely designed to have very steep
sides. But a lack of stability probably influenced the architects to aim for a new angle halfway through construction.
Built after he abruptly shifted his court north to Dahshur, this second pyramid by Snefru had
an unprecedented two burial chambers, each with a separate entrance.
Perhaps because of the awkward angles in the Bent Pyramid, the pharaoh commissioned a third pyramid
nearby and sent workers back to Maidum to finish his first pyramid.
CLASSIC FACT: The cult of Snefru was centered at the Bent Pyramid, even though he
was never buried there.
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Bent Pyramid photograph by Stephen St. John. Black-and-white photograph by Marilyn Bridges/Corbis.