Egypt has opened two its oldest pyramids. The pyramids are Dahshur, about 40 kilometers south the Egyptian capital city Cairo. They are now open to the public the first time 1965. Hundreds of people gathered the Bent Pyramid a special opening ceremony on Saturday. The Bent Pyramid was built 4,600 years ago. It was built the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Sneferu. It is 101 meters high. Builders used new techniques to build it and archaeologists say it was an important step the development of pyramid building. Tourists can also enter an 18-metre high "side pyramid" next to the Bent Pyramid. This was built King Sneferu's wife Hetepheres.
The two pyramids are part the Memphis Necropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Egypt hopes the opening the pyramids will boost the country's tourism industry. Egypt was a top tourist destination but tourist numbers fell the 2011 uprising. Ancient sites in Egypt are the bucket lists of many people the world. At the Bent Pyramid, tourists will be able to go a 79-meter narrow tunnel to reach two chambers deep inside. They will also be able to see ancient treasures found inside the pyramid. Egyptian archaeologists uncovered a collection stone, clay and wooden sarcophagi - the coffins people were buried . Some of the sarcophagi contained mummies