Menrenre, eldest son of Pepi I ruled for only 9 years.
He built his pyramid not far from his fathers, 450m southwest of Pepi's and
the same distance directly west of the pyramid of Djedkare-Isesi. Today Merenre's
pyramid is hardly more than a heap of rubble. The entrance to pyramid can
be found on the north side. The portcullis granite blocking stones are visible
due to the efforts of grave robbers. Very little is known about the pyramid
since no thorough excavation has yet been done. A slab of limestone from a
small chapel at Abydos is inscribed with some of the very rare contemporary
texts about the building of a pyramid. The hieroglyphs convey to us the voice
of Weni, whose career spanned the reigns of Teti I, Pepi I and Merenre. Weni
became Governor of upper Egypt. He states that pink granite from Aswan, alabaster
from Hatnub, and dark greywacke from the quarries in Ibhat, were brought to
the pyramid. This stone was used to make the pyramidion and the sarcophagus.
Inside the pyramid Maspero found the mummy of a young man whose hair was combed
into a side curl such as those worn by children in ancient Egypt. Some debate
exist between Egyptologist but the consensus is this is indeed the mummy of
Height c. 52.5 m
Base c. 78.75 m
Volume 107,835 cu. m
Slope 53° 07' 48"
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The Perfection of Merenre Appears
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