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Dahshur

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Dahshur (Arabic دهشور Dahšūr [often incorrectly rendered in English as Dashur]) is an archaeological locality some x km to the south of the Egyptian capital of Cairo in Egypt. It is best known as a more tranquil (if also more isolated) location in which to visit several large pyramids - at least, when compared to Giza and Saqqara.

Understand

Dahshur formed part of the extensive necropolis of ancient Memphis during the Old Kingdom - the so-called "Pyramid Age".

The Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities has in recent years been encouraging travellers to visit Dashur, in an attempt to relieve some of the pressure on the Giza pyramids.

Get in

By taxi

Dahshur is probably best accessed by hired taxi from Cairo, usually as an extension to a day trip to Saqqara.

See

  • the Bent Pyramid - very aptly named, on account of its sudden, startling change in angle halfway up the pyramid
  • the Red Pyramid

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