Inside The Red Pyramid

Now, you enter the Red Pyramid for the first time. The original height of the pyramid was approximately 343 feet, while each side measured 722 feet. Modern steps have been installed to ease the ascension to the opening which is 94 feet above the ground level and between 12 - 13 feet east of center. Here is the internal layout of the pyramid, which consists of three chambers:

Plan of the Red Pyramid


The first passageway descends at an angle of approx. 27 degrees at a length of approx 206 feet:

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The end of the descending passageway empties into a level corridor that is approx. 25 feet long. This corridor leads into the first of three chambers:

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Looking south

The first chamber has a magnificent corbelled ceiling consisting of 11 courses and climbing to a height of approx. 40 feet.

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Looking north


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At the south end of the chamber there is a opening into a second short passageway, which leads to the second chamber.

Red Pyramid -  (c) Copyright 1997 Andrew BayukThe second chamber has similar dimensions to that of the first. It is exceptional in that it is one of the only pyramid chambers to lie directly beneath the centerpoint or apex of the pyramid. At the south end, a staircase has been installed to allow access to the final chamber, the entrance for which is located approx. 25 feet above the floor of this second chamber:

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The top of the stairs lead to a final passageway which is about 23 feet long. This passageway ends at the third and final chamber:

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The corbelled roof looking west

The final chamber is believed to have been the actual intended burial chamber. It's dimensions are approx. 14 x 27 feet with a final corbelled ceiling rising to a height of 50 feet. The floor has been systematically removed to a depth of 14 feet in a search for other passageways and chambers in this pyramid. No such other features were ever found:

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Looking west, you can see the excavated floor

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The corbelled ceiling

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An excavated niche with light

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Standing in the excavated floor looking back up


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