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Pyramid of Userkaf Pyramid of Userkaf
Photo by Raymon Kondos © 2009 Your Egypt

Userkaf is the founder of the 5th dynasty. He is believed to have ascended the throne through a political marriage. His pyramid-complex is located to the northeast of Djoser's complex. It now looks nothing but like a pile of rubble.

It is believed that Userkaf's pyramid once rose to the height of about 49 meters (160 ft) at the time it was built. The current state of the pyramid refers to the clumsy way of its construction. Once the limestone case felt apart the masonry core started to crumble.

The pyramid has a ruined mortuary temple attached to it with a smaller secondary pyramid to its southwest side and small pyramid for the queen some distance to the south.

Source: Lehner, Complete Pyramids, p. 140

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