The Abusir Necropolis in Egypt

About Egyptian Pyramids




Abusir Pyramids



Abu Sir has been called the site of the forgotten kings of the 5th Dynasty. Despite the size of their monuments, these kings do not have the fame of their predecessors from the 4th Dynasty. The site was closed for many years to visitors, but is now open to the public. The Pyramids of Abu Sir originally consisted of fourteen pyramids from the 5th Dynasty. Only four are still standing. Of the four, the first encountered as you come from the main Saqqara complex, is the Pyramid of Neferefre. This pyramid was never finished and is in very poor condition. However, there were some remarkable finds in the pyramid, including a royal group of statues of the Old Kingdom, and several portraits of another king or more probably Neferefre himself, Raneferef, including one of him sitting on his throne holding a mace. Its original name was "Divine are the Ba-souls of Neferefre. It base length is 65 meters (217 feet).


In addition to pyramids, there are also various tombs in the necropolis, as well as the Sun Temples of the 5th Dynasty Kings located just to the north at Abu Ghauob.