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Pyramids of Abu Sir

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.

The pyramid for Neferikare is the next, to the north. It also is unfinished and is still the tallest of the group. It stands 68m high. To the northeast is the Pyramid of Niuserre, which is famous for its Funerary Temple.

The funerary temple was built for Neferikare, but was used for Niuserre because Neferikare died prematurely. Further to the northeast is the tomb of Ptah-Cepses. This tomb is not in good condition. The columns with lotus capitals are the oldest discovered. The last pyramid in this complex is the Pyramid of Sahure and it's Funerary Temple. These are not too badly damaged. A 240m ramp that connected the Valley Temple to this pyramid has been discovered during the excavation work in this complex. Some of the reliefs that were in the funerary temple have been removed and placed in museums. A few are still in the temple and are preserved quite well.

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