Egypt pyramid of menkaure







The pyramid of Menkaure was built by the pharaoh Menkaure and is the smallest pyramid from the three Giza pyramids. The purpose of this pyramid was the same with the other two: a tomb for the king Menkaure. Since there are not exactly information about the period of the Menkaure reign, it is not exactly known the year of the pyramid's construction. The estimated period is the 26th century BC. The pyramid has an upper antechamber where were found a coffin remains. The coffin had human bones inside of it and had the king Menkaure’s name inscribed on it. The coffin can be seen at the British Museum, being one of the most visited exhibits. A sarcophagus, made from basalt and being very beautiful, was also found inside the pyramid but unfortunately the sarcophagus sunk with a ship in the Mediterranean Sea in 1838. The pyramid`s entrance from the North side goes to a descending corridor that opens in passage that is horizontal and short and also it opens into a chamber which has panels from craved stone as decorations. Another corridor goes to an antechamber, rectangular and large, which may had been built in the first place as the burial chamber. That is the place where the coffin was discovered. The king Menkaure also built another three pyramids for his queens, situated in the south of his pyramid. There are some remains of the mortuary temple that can be seen in the pyramid Eastern zone. Inside the temple were discovered some royal statues fragments. It seems that the Menkaure pyramid was finished by Shepseskap who didn't use limestone but mudbrick. The tourists who want to see the three pyramids of Giza have to know that the only pyramid that is open for the public is the pyramid of Menkaure.



Egypt Pyramid of Menkaure




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