The Pyramid of Nyuserre is a pyramid complex built in the 25th century
BC for the Egyptian pharaoh Nyuserre Ini of the Fifth Dynasty. It is in
the Abusir necropolis south of modern-day Cairo between the complexes of
Neferirkare and of Sahure. Nyuserre was the last king to be entombed in
the necropolis. The main pyramid, nearly 52 m (171 ft) tall, had a
stepped core built from roughly cut limestone encased in fine Tura
limestone. The casing was stripped by stone thieves, leaving the core
exposed to the elements and further human activity, reducing the pyramid
to a ruined mound. Adjoining the pyramid's east face is the mortuary
temple built in an L-shape rather than the usual T-shape plan. It
introduced the antichambre carrée, an innovative type of room that
became a standard feature of later monuments. The site has two
structures which appear to have been pylon prototypes. These, too,
became staple features of temples and palaces in a later period.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramid_of_Nyuserre>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Liliʻuokalani, the last monarch and only queen regnant of the
Hawaiian Kingdom, ascended the throne.
World War II: The Battle of Rennell Island, the last major
naval engagement between the United States Navy and the Imperial
Japanese Navy during the Guadalcanal campaign, began.
The Mantra-Rock Dance (poster pictured), called the "ultimate
high" of the hippie era, took place in San Francisco, featuring Swami
Bhaktivedanta, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, and Allen Ginsberg.
The first major ground engagement of the Gulf War began with
the Iraqi invasion of Khafji, Saudi Arabia, recaptured three days later
by Coalition forces.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. Of or relating to Sir Stamford Raffles, a British colonial statesman
known for his founding of modern Singapore and British Malaya.
2. (Singapore) Of or relating to an educational institution named after
Sir Stamford Raffles.
3. (Singapore) A current or former student of an educational institution
named after Sir Stamford Raffles.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
He who doesn’t know how to be a servant should never be allowed
to be a master; the interests of public life are alien to anyone who is
unable to enjoy others' successes, and such a person should never be
entrusted with public affairs.
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