⚫The pyramid was Egypt's first straight-sided one, but it partially collapsed in ancient times.
⚫It is located around 62 miles (100 km) south of modern Cairo.
⚫The pyramid at Meidum is thought to be just the second stone pyramid built after Djoser's and may have been originally built for Huni, the last pharaoh of the Third Dynasty, and continued by Sneferu (2613–2589 BC)Fourth Dynasty.
⚫Originally, the pyramid was meant to be built following the typical stone pyramid design which had been invented by an architect known as Imhotep.
⚫However, the architect responsible for designing the pyramid decided to make a number of design changes.
⚫Meidum Pyramid was originally meant to be a step pyramid, but this too was changed, and by filling in the steps, it was essentially transformed into a “true” pyramid.
⚫Unfortunately, the architect had made a few errors which would eventually made the pyramid collapsed.
⚫The most obvious error was the fact that the outer layer of the pyramid stood on sand rather than on bedrock.
⚫By the 15th century, the outer layers had collapsed, leaving only the inner core.
⚫What had remained of the outer layers has slowly but surely collapsed as well during the years.
⚫Today, one can still see the 65 meters high inner core, along with all the rubble from the outer layers.
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