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Abusir

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==Get in==
 
Abusir is not served by any viable means of public transport, the site lying some distance from the village and the main road that leads south to Saqqara. The only practible means of visiting Abusir are by car, by hired taxi (perhaps in association with a visit to Saqqara or Giza) or as part of an organised tour group.
==See==
The Abusir necropolis is open daily 8am-4pm. Admission LE 20. A total of 7 pyramids were constructed at Abusir- of these, four were those of pharaohs, some three of royal women and one unfinished. Some are better preserved than others, from those surviving, but all in a far more ruined state - and certainly built to more modest dimensions - than those found at Giza:
*the '''Pyramid of Sahure''' - the northernmost pyramid at Abusir and located closest to the entrance to the site, the Pyramid of Sahure (pronounced "Sa-who-ray") - the second ruler of the 5th Dynasty - was also the first constructed at Abusir. Completing its profile as the most completely preserved pyramid at the locality, the Pyramid of Sahure once measured..... Numerous blocks carved in beautiful deep relief were revealed here when the French archaeologist Borchardt excavated between 1902-1908. The core of the now-ruined pyramid is formed with roughly-shaped, locally-quarried blocks of limestone and consisted of five or six steps. On the eastern side of the pyramid, the attached mortuary temple is reasonably well-preserved, retaining numerous granite pillars and large blocks with Sahure's cartouche still clearly visible. It is possible to access the pyramid's interior: from the entrance, a 75 m long walk down a corridor leads to the burial chamber, entered by crawling through a narrow portal and 2 m long passage.*the '''Pyramid of Niuserre'''- easily the most ruinous of the 'complete' pyramids at Abusir, the Pyramid of Niuserre originally measured ..... Niuserre was the son of pharaoh Neferirkare and usurped the causeway of his father's mortuary temple for his own monument - it can be seen to the south-east of the pyramid.*the '''Pyramid of Neferirkare''' - standing 45 m now in a partially ruined state, the Pyramids of Neferirkare closely resembles the most intact Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara... Unintentionally, as the Abusir pyramidssteps visible in its construction were designed to be filled in to achieve the classic pyramid shape. This task was never completed.*the '''Pyramid of Raneferef''' -
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