The Pyramid of Sneferu at Meidum


Meidum index
The pyramid of Sneferu
The northern mastaba field
The mastaba of Nefer-Maat
The mastaba of Rahotep
Mastaba no.17

The northen mastaba at Meidum
The northen mastaba at Meidum

Sneferu Endures
The Stable Pyramid


The conical Pyramid of Sneferu
The conical Pyramid of Sneferu Mastaba no. 17
Mastaba no. 17.
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The area of Meidum is located near the entrance to the Fayum. Meidum is dominated by the large limestone pyramid Sneferu/Huni. This a an early fourth dynasty necropolis and several large mastabas of the late third and early fourth dynasty are located here. It is at the mastaba of Nefer-Maat and Itet that the famous 'Geese of Meidum' were found. This painting is considered one of the great masterpieces of the old Kingdom. Also the magnificent statue pair of Rahotep and Nofret were found here, in Rahoteps' mastaba. The pyramid of Meidum, at first glance appears enigmatic. A strange conical shape, towering out of the desert floor, even visible from Nile. Egyptologist are still debating the builder of the pyramid, although the general consensus is that Sneferu built the pyramid. Some archeologists believe that Huni may have started the structure, but it is certain that Sneferu completed it into a true pyramid form. At least three different stages of construction have been identified, designated E1, E2 and E3 by the researchers. The pyramid may at first appear 'collapsed' but in reality it appears this way because of the method of construction and the fact that the pyramid served as a quarry.

Height 92 m
Base 144 m
Volume 638,733 cu. m
Slope 51° 50' 35"
Dynasty 4
Satellite Pyramids (1)
Queens Pyramids (0)
Ruled 25 years