Meidum Pyramid
Meidum Pyramid
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Meidum Area, North East of Medinat al-Fayoum, El Wasta 62911 Egypt

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Mohamed T
Cairo, Egypt182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
Amazing, breathtaking and simply majestic site. The pyramid is still in tact, the shear volume and how tall the pyramid stands is simply impressive. There is not a lot to see but the visit is worth doing.
Written 26 July 2022
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Ahmed Adel
Cairo, Egypt29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Maydum is an archaeological site in Lower Egypt. It contains a large pyramid and several mudbrick mastabas. The pyramid was Egypt's first straight-sided one, but it partially collaps…
free entry long distance of Giza pyramids platue
Written 29 September 2022
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traveler047
Seattle, WA47 contributions
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They don't know who really built the pyramid and archeologists believe there are still many more secrets of the pyramid to be revealed. I think the pyramid was only recently opened to the public. When we visited on a Friday afternoon in February of 2007, we were all alone except for the guards who accompanied us from the gate. After we went through the gates a car with 4 guards led us out to the pyramid and stayed while we went inside.

The Meidum Pyramid was originally built as a step pyramid and the limestone slab casing was added later making it a true pyramid. Subsequently, the outside casing collapsed producing rubble around the bottom of the pyramid.

My travel partner and I went into the pyramid with our tour guide and travel director. We climbed down steep stairs but we were able to stand up and it was lit all the way. We had to climb a wooden ladder into the funeral chamber which has a corbeled ceiling. It was magical inside since we were alone and it was quiet. It was very special and we were able to take pictures.
Written 16 May 2007
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bcs488
Grand Rapids, MI255 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Meidum Pyramid is a bit off the normal tourist route. It was an optional extra on my Egyptian holiday so here I was. Entering the tomb was a matter of quite a ways down, then up on some ladders, and finally arrival in the burial chamber which is unadorned, although the bats checking us out added a certain 'inside the pyramid' charm to the place. The stepped ceiling, designed to carry weight away to sides, provided the bats a nice spot to hang out, we all had our space. This place is not visited much and the security people are all fairly laid back and nice. If you expect a fancy tomb with lots of hieroglyphs and vibrant painting, this will be a disappointment. Myself, such places are nice, but not necessarily so important from a historical perspective so I completely enjoyed myself here.
Written 17 December 2019
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zsy
Budapest349 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Friends
In March 2012 Dahshur and Meidum pyramids were one day out of our 6 days tour around Cairo monuments. We went with Golden Pyramid Travel (GPT); they provide the Hotel Taxi Service in the Horizon Pyramid Hotel where we stayed for 8 nights. We designed a 6 days tour with Ahmed (general manager of GPT) and off we went!

There are so few tourists nowadays in Egypt, that we had the whole area just for ourselves!
A soul cleaning, brain washing, spiritual experience… Pyramids are the resting places of Pharaohs. This is not obvious on the Giza plateau, where there are numerous tourist groups running around. (Far less than in 2001, but still…)
We experienced the endless peace, the silence and the magic of the desert – as if being on the moon or so… An absolutely R.I.P.

It is possible to go inside the Red Pyramid, but we did not go – unfortunately our knees are not that good anymore!
But walking around, both the Red and the Bent Pyramids, they show different face: every angle is different as the sun is shining on them (or not); and we clearly could feel, why the Pharaohs –not only one! – wanted to rest here! Really a magic area.

From Dahshur we drove on with our car, driver Sharif and guide, Sabri and after ca. 1 hour we arrived to Meidum pyramid. No tourists at all, only the guards and the military, bored to death… They were more than happy to see us. It is possible to go inside the pyramid, we did not go, but went to the famous “Mastaba No. 17” – nobody knows whom it belonged to. It is possible to go inside, origami-folded, dwarf-knees, crawling and tiny “chicken” ladder – not recommended if one is claustrophobic and/or taller than 180 cm; but an absolute adventure!
If one is corpulent, tall and thick – you may end up as Winnie-the-pooh after having ended the honey barrel and got stuck at Rabbit’s home…

Here we experienced again the endless peace, the silence and the magic of the desert – as if being on the moon or so… An absolutely R.I.P.

Toilet in Dahshour – beside the ticket office, but only if you are in emergency; it is standing one! No problem for men, but for women… In Meidum there is TOI-TOI system, for the soldiers there, I guess, we could use it (tip 1-2.- LE per person).

There is absolutely no reason to stay away from Egypt! Since the revolution, I have been there 4x (see my other reviews), PLEASE, don’t believe all in the media, it is absolutely safe there! And now, not expensive at all! All the tourist places are easy to get in, no long queues, Dahshur, Meidum, El Lahoun, Hawara – all pyramids we had for ourselves!

In March 2012 entrance ticket to Dahshour is 30.- LE; Meidum 35.- LE.

I send this review to Dahshur and Meidum sites as well.
Written 25 March 2012
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Shazlex
Brisbane Region, Australia441 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
About 30 km North East of Al Fayoum, the first view of the Meidum Pyramid is different to the other pyramids in Egypt. The little oasis in front made it even more impressive.

The Meidum pyramid is the first true pyramid attempted by the Egyptians. Originally it was a series of 8 steps, filled in to smooth it into a Pyramid shape. However the casing is long gone and only 4 steps remain.

Tourist don't often come this way so you get the place to yourself (besides the guards).

It is an easy climb to get inside and unlike many of the other pyramids, you are able to stand upright. It is necessary to climb two ladders to get to the final chamber, which is quite small. The tomb remains sealed behind the wall of the chamber, waiting to be opened and possible treasures to be revealed. Well this is the story our guide told us anyway.

The whole area is awaiting further excavation and is supposed to hold a great deal of buried treasures. It is guarded 24/7 to prevent anyone trying to steal buried artifacts.

This is the only pyramid that we visited where photo's can be taken inside, which was also a bonus.

The best experience of the site was crawling inside the Queen's Mastaba into the tomb below. You started hunched over but then ended up crawling down the small, dusty and slippery tunnel (about 47 metres). Then you had to crawl over a plank of wood and down a rickety ladder to get into the tomb, which is under ground level and carved into the limestone. Inside a granite coffin remains. It is a mystery how it got there as it is bigger than the only known entrance.

It was a great experience and felt "real" rather than touristy. One of the highlights or our trip.

Not for the claustrophobic or those with dust allergies though!
Written 5 April 2008
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johnbarbaram2016
59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
For Pyramid lovers, this is a must. Difficult to get to. Would not try to visit this one without a knowledgeable guide. Another of those early failed pyramids that architecturally was not sound and was subsequently abandoned. There is a great unused burial chamber. The grounds are safe with constant presence of security. The passageway is fairly well lite and safe. Recommend.
Written 6 March 2018
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Zebra_45678
Indianapolis, IN1,097 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Solo
I visited in March 2012. It takes about an 1.5 hours to reach the pyramid and is well worth the drive. You can go inside this pyramid. I had the site all to myself! There is a tomb next to the pyramid that you can go inside and there are a few sarcophagi set up. There is a bathroom close to the guard gate where you stop to buy your ticket.

I would recommend walking around to the southern side where the causeway is located and walk down. It was a nice view looking up to the pyramid and a nice photo op too.
Written 12 June 2012
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Fatima soliman Archeologist Guide
Cairo Governorate, Egypt110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
it's so interesting drive through the countryside to see the first upper egypt governorate,it takes about 90 minutes to reach the site of the pyramid also you can go inside the pyramid and see another tomb next to the north east side of the pyramid with the ruins of the morturay temple next to the east side of the pyramid.
Written 9 March 2012
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Mathias S
332 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Business
Obviosuly not so reknown as the main pyramids, but original in shape, and the people guarding it were friendly.
Written 16 April 2019
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