Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Lost Pyramid-Abu Rawash

Located 8 kilometers north of Giza, Egypt Abu Rawash is the pyramid of Pharaoh Djedefre, who was the successor of Pharaoh Khufu.
Early 20th century Egyptologists thought that Djedefre had betrayed his family. They thought that is had murdered his older brother in order to ascend to the throne. Later, they believed that Djedefre was murdered by his younger brother to avenge his older brother’s death.
When more research was done in recent years, it was discovered that he revered his father.
He had the Great Sphinx carved in the image of his father, Khufu.
In the walls of the Great Pyramid there are many inscriptions and paintings which praise Djedefre.
Through other research, it was discovered that Djedefre was a popular ruler.
Djedefre was on the throne for approximately 20 years.
He completed his pyramid at Abu Rawash. It stood higher than the Great Pyramid because it was built on higher ground.
The first 30 feet of the pyramid consisted of rose granite from the Aswan Quarry.
The rest of the pyramid consisted of white limestone. The capstone was made partially of gold.
When completed, the pyramid was the same size as the Pyramid of Menkaure.
In later centuries, the pyramid was destroyed and used to build the city of Cairo.

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