His founding of the fourth dynasty is considered the beginning of a golden age for Egypt, and he built at least three pyramids. The first was the Meidum Pyramid, which collapsed, and was followed by the Bent Pyramid, which saw a change in design. His final pyramid, considered his masterpiece, was the Shining Pyramid, in which he was buried, though he died before the edifice was completed.
During his reign, Sneferu was also known for introducing polished stone to form the smooth slanting sides of the pyramids, as shown in his design of the Shining pyramid. He also hid three small replicas of the pyramids, which, when inserted in the pyramidion of the Shining Pyramid, revealed the location of a vault containing a pyramidion and a set of ancient scrolls.
These details were recorded by Manetho, a historian during 3rd century BCE, who documented it in his work Aegyptiaca. In 48 BCE, the Egyptian scholar Merkes eventually deciphered Seneferu's secrets with the help of the Medjay, Bayek.
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