Inside the Red Pyramid of Snorfu

Trip Start Jan 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 16, 2010

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Flag of Egypt  , Al Jīzah,
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The severe structural problems encountered by the King Snorfu while building the Bent Pyramid led him to build another pyramid a small distance to the North. 

This time, the king's architectures avoided all of the previous mistakes by following the same angle from bottom to top - 43 degrees and by doing so, created the first, perfect, complete pyramid in history, the Red Pyramid.  So, having accomplished this, it became the "blueprint" for all the Pyramids in which the era of the Giza style pyramids followed.  What a story!

Knowing all these facts, Michel and I excitedly made our way towards the Red Pyramid in which many many steps had to be mounted outside the pyramid before finally arriving at the entrance.  Being close to 3:00pm in the afternoon, the heat of the sun made it a little bit more tiring but I wasn't about to be defeated.  

Looking down the small passageway of 3 feet by four feet and of approx. an angle of 7 o'clock going down and a length of approx. 200 feet long, Michel and I proceeded going down the very dark shaft by holding on to the handrails.  The more we were descending, the more the air quality was getting bad and the warmer it was getting.  We were the only ones inside.

Finally arriving at the end of the descending passageway, we were able to stand up and walk along a dark corridor of approx 25 feet long.  This corridor led us into the first of three chambers.   By then, there was definitely a strong smell in the air that got to me.  I had to hold my scarf around my nostrils in order not to smell it.  Was it the mummy smell?

The first chamber had a magnificent grey coloured ceiling of approx 40 feet high.  At the end of the chamber there was an opening that led into a second short passageway leading to the second chamber. 

The second chamber looked similar to the first one and at the end, a staircase had been installed to allow access to the third and final chamber being approx. 25 feet above the floor of this second chamber. 

Michel and I mounted the stairs that lead us to the final chamber, the burial chamber.  Upon reaching the chamber, we stayed there only a few minutes since it was extremely hot, quite obscure and the smell was quite terrible.  It was the smell of the dead, the smell of a 4600 year old pyramid!  But at least, I made it all the way to the end and I can proudly say that I stood inside the Red Pyramid of Snorfu!

Going back proved to be a little bit more difficult than going in since by then,  I was extremely exhausted from the heat and the smell inside the pyramid.   Steps had to be mounted in a bending position. 

Looking up, way way up the passageway, I could see the outside light from the small opening which seemed to be soooo far away.   Every ten steps I took, a rest and a deep breath had to be taken and a drink from my bottled water swallowed just to be repeated all over and over again.  

Finally, after a very long ordeal, the exit of the Red Pyramid was finally reached.  I came out of the 4600 year old pyramid all in one piece, alive and well but most of all, with a great feeling of achievement!   Long live Snorfu!

It was 4:00pm when we all left Dahshur and started heading back to Cairo, back to reality, back to chaotic traffic. 

My second day here in Egypt was quite an adventure in itself for having done, seen and accomplished so many things!  It was only the beginning of so many more adventures to follow!

Thanking for having stood inside the Red Pyramid!

Monique   :-)

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