The Pyramid of Neferirkare was built for the Fifth Dynasty pharaoh
Neferirkare Kakai in the 25th century BC. It was the tallest structure
on the highest site at the Abusir necropolis and still towers above it
today. The Fifth Dynasty marked the end of the great pyramid
constructions during the Old Kingdom. Pyramids of the era were smaller
and had intricate relief decoration. Neferirkare's pyramid was
originally built as a step pyramid, a design antiquated after the Third
Dynasty (26th or 27th century BC). Alterations were intended to convert
it into a true pyramid, but the pharaoh's death left the project to his
successors. Completed in haste, Neferirkare's monument lacked a valley
temple and pyramid town. Instead, there was a small settlement of
mudbrick houses where cult priests could conduct their daily activities.
The Abusir papyri were discovered in the temple of Neferirkare in 1893.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramid_of_Neferirkare>
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