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Meidum Pyramid, El Wasta

Must see · Ruin · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Also known as the "collapsed pyramid" or the "false pyramid," Meidum Pyramid was probably built by Snefru, a 4th dynasty king. Experts believe that the edifice was originally designed as a step pyramid and later turned into a true pyramid by covering the steps with limestone. The remaining three steps of the pyramid tower some 65 m (213 ft) above the green oasis on the desert's edge. To get into the inner burial chamber, you will need to descend down a narrow passage and crawl through a hole, which is the highlight of the visit for many. While inside, look up to see a corbeled ceiling. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Meidum Pyramid by using our El Wasta trip planner.
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  • Meidum Pyramid is a bit off the normal tourist route. It was an optional extra on my Egyptian holiday so here I was. Entering the tomb was a matter of quite a ways down, then up on some ladders, and.....  more »
  • Nothing to see. It's far away from Cairo city, about 1-1.5 hours driving. Waste of time to go visiting there.  more »
  • Obviosuly not so reknown as the main pyramids, but original in shape, and the people guarding it were friendly.  more »
  • Another great pyramid. And there is a bonus. A mastaba that you can go inside as well. We had a great time here. If you like pyramids, go.
  • It was interesting to learn about the pyramid progression. It was a bit awkward having a guy take us through who seemed to just be a random, and then asked for money afterwards. If you go be prepared to tip the random "guides" on site.
  • Well off the beaten tourist track and worth visiting only if you have a good knowledge and interest in Egyptology. About a 2 hour drive from Cairo passing a few interesting rural villages and a few other collapsed pyramids along the way. Aside from the collapsed Pyramid there are several other tombs onsite which you can enter.
  • Un-touristy feeling
  • good pyramid

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