Pyramids of Dahshour
Pyramids of Dahshour
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This complex contains pyramids from the Fourth and Twelfth Dynasties including the Southern Pyramid, or Bent Pyramid due to its unorthodox outline, and the Red Pyramid.
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  • Sarah L
    London, United Kingdom3,312 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great day trip off the beaten path
    Came here as part of a pyramids day trip. Much quieter and more peaceful than Giza as there were much fewer people. There was only one other family in the entire complex. There's about 50 steps up to enter the Red Pyramid but to get inside is slightly complicated. It's about 150+ steps down and a very narrow opening to climb down. It is more hot inside too and quite dark. Don't recommend for anyone with claustrophobia or mobility issues. The Bent Pyramid is also very cool to look at though our guide doesn't recommend going inside as it's quite difficult to navigate into. Definitely recommend if you're looking for people free photos!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 June 2023
  • Shubh K
    Vienna, Virginia489 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend seeing these pyramids
    Everyone knows about the famous Giza pyramids, but I honestly enjoyed these pyramids more because it's much less crowded, more tranquil, and you can go deep inside these pyramids and explore. I recommend getting a driver and spending about half the day exploring this area. Going inside some of these pyramids involve dexterity, tight spaces, and even some very steep stairs - these are definitely more adventurous!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia1,492 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pyramid evolution
    Two pyramids from the time of Pharaoh Sneferu are the attraction here, predating the more famous ones closer to Cairo. I visited in 2018 and was very happy to come back. We took the Memphis Tours Day Tour to Sakkara and Dahshur and added on the Memphis (Mit Rahina) outdoor museum as they are all close together. This area lacks the vendors prevalent at many tourist sites and has few facilities. The earliest pyramid is the Bent Pyramid which was the first attempt at a smooth-sided pyramid but wasn't successful. It has an odd shape because the angle was changed midway but the outer casing still remains on same faces. Last time in 2018 I wasn't able to enter the Bent Pyramid but this time I could. We went up six flights of stairs on the outside and then a very steep descent inside on a ramp with boards across them to give your feet purchase. Thank goodness for the handrails. I found going down harder than going up. There are some areas with low headroom, more wooden stairs and generally it is more difficult to manoeuvre here than in the Red Pyramid. There are some large chambers but the ceilings are mostly unfinished and rough though one has a corbelled structure. Photos are allowed. It is customary to give a small tip to the person minding the entrance. The Red Pyramid is the first true pyramid. Much of the outer casing has been removed, giving it a reddish colour, but the shape is a true pyramid. I really liked the inside of the Red Pyramid as the three corbelled ceiling chambers are impressive. Like the Bent Pyramid you ascend the outside steps then descend the long steep tunnel but it is more spacious and easier to visit. Inside are two tall chambers separated by a very low tunnel. This area smells of ammonia and it is quite overpowering. From here you can ascend a timber staircase to another passageway and the final chamber. Photos are allowed. It is customary to give a small tip to the person minding the entrance.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 March 2024
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alice h h
Malibu, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This area of Dahshur is surely the earliest true pyramids. Both the Bent Pyramid and the Red Pyramid are not to be missed. It gives you the peaceful feeling with much less people than the circus in Giza!
Written 6 April 2024
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia1,492 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Two pyramids from the time of Pharaoh Sneferu are the attraction here, predating the more famous ones closer to Cairo. I visited in 2018 and was very happy to come back. We took the Memphis Tours Day Tour to Sakkara and Dahshur and added on the Memphis (Mit Rahina) outdoor museum as they are all close together. This area lacks the vendors prevalent at many tourist sites and has few facilities.

The earliest pyramid is the Bent Pyramid which was the first attempt at a smooth-sided pyramid but wasn't successful. It has an odd shape because the angle was changed midway but the outer casing still remains on same faces. Last time in 2018 I wasn't able to enter the Bent Pyramid but this time I could. We went up six flights of stairs on the outside and then a very steep descent inside on a ramp with boards across them to give your feet purchase. Thank goodness for the handrails. I found going down harder than going up. There are some areas with low headroom, more wooden stairs and generally it is more difficult to manoeuvre here than in the Red Pyramid. There are some large chambers but the ceilings are mostly unfinished and rough though one has a corbelled structure. Photos are allowed. It is customary to give a small tip to the person minding the entrance.

The Red Pyramid is the first true pyramid. Much of the outer casing has been removed, giving it a reddish colour, but the shape is a true pyramid. I really liked the inside of the Red Pyramid as the three corbelled ceiling chambers are impressive. Like the Bent Pyramid you ascend the outside steps then descend the long steep tunnel but it is more spacious and easier to visit. Inside are two tall chambers separated by a very low tunnel. This area smells of ammonia and it is quite overpowering. From here you can ascend a timber staircase to another passageway and the final chamber. Photos are allowed. It is customary to give a small tip to the person minding the entrance.
Written 31 March 2024
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Diogo T
Coimbra, Portugal119 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Place is beautiful, culture of scam is awful. They will try to extort you by any means. Sadly Egyptians think that all tourists are stupid ( rare exceptions) and they will try and try to take you money by any possible means, even the police. Trust no one and learn to say NO. Don't pay tips, don't pay police, don't buy anything of you think the price is not adequate to the country. I won't come back.
Written 5 February 2024
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Shubh K
Vienna, VA489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Everyone knows about the famous Giza pyramids, but I honestly enjoyed these pyramids more because it's much less crowded, more tranquil, and you can go deep inside these pyramids and explore. I recommend getting a driver and spending about half the day exploring this area. Going inside some of these pyramids involve dexterity, tight spaces, and even some very steep stairs - these are definitely more adventurous!
Written 11 September 2023
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Sarah L
London, UK3,312 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Came here as part of a pyramids day trip. Much quieter and more peaceful than Giza as there were much fewer people. There was only one other family in the entire complex. There's about 50 steps up to enter the Red Pyramid but to get inside is slightly complicated. It's about 150+ steps down and a very narrow opening to climb down. It is more hot inside too and quite dark. Don't recommend for anyone with claustrophobia or mobility issues. The Bent Pyramid is also very cool to look at though our guide doesn't recommend going inside as it's quite difficult to navigate into. Definitely recommend if you're looking for people free photos!
Written 12 June 2023
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria22,197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
An extremely interesting place that is well worth a visit. Here are located the 3rd largest and most preserved - the Red Pyramid, as well as the 4th largest - Bent Pyramid. Since this acropolis is far from Cairo (about 40 km), there are very few people here and you can easily enter the chambers of the Red Pyramid.
Written 12 May 2023
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kingdombythesea
London, UK95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
I definitely think these pyramids are worth a visit for two reasons: 1) fewer people come here so you can actually admire the structure in a bit of peace and quiet; 2) you can go inside the so-called Red Pyramid for free without paying any extra.

While it is a fascinating experience to enter the pyramid, be warned that it is hot, stuffy and a fair way down to go bent over in a crouch. Definitely not one for the claustrophobic, but at least the fact there are few visitors mean you aren't trying to squeeze past other people in the main shaft (not sure how you would even do that considering the narrowness!).
Written 1 April 2023
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Xave Edison
Singapore, Singapore750 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Very close to Cairo's downtown and less touristy. Enjoy walking around the pyramids without the noise from the crowds. Taking photos is also much easier without anyone appearing in my shots.

Both the Bent and Red pyramids were built by Pharaoh Snofru (father of Khufu) and they are equally impressive, even though not higher than the pyramids in Giza.

Definitely worth visiting this place on a day trip.
Written 16 February 2023
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Sarah G
Harrogate, UK1,493 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We got a driver for the day, arranged through our hotel to take us to these Pyramids and also the stepped ones.
Written 5 February 2023
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swisstraveller
Berne668 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The pyramids at Dashur (the bend pyramid and the red pyramid, both of them from Pharao Snofru) are my favorite place in Cairo. I actually like it more here than the 3 much more famous pyramids in Giza. Because Dashur gets few visitors, the drive there is very beautiful, and the pyramids are in the desert.
Written 23 October 2022
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