Ancient Egyptology can be a captivating field of study. The lure of uncovering the secrets of the ancient culture, their traditions, their rituals, and their beliefs, can be enough for some people to dedicate their entire lives to learning the history of those who built the pyramids of the Upper Kingdom. Even among ancient Egyptian scholars, however, the nobleman from Imperial Eastern Prussia, Friedrich von Fahrenheid, is a dedicated overachiever.
Fahrenheid lived in the 19th century when the first major excavations were done in Egypt, and European cultures became fascinated with Egyptology as a result. The artifacts found across Egypt revealed a new and wholly original culture, something most of Europe was only vaguely aware of up to this point.
Fahrenheid was particularly interested in the pyramids of Giza and modeled his family's mausoleum, called the Rapa Pyramid, after the famous Egyptian structures. The Rapa Pyramid is located in Poland near the Russian border. It was precisely commissioned by Farhenheid, who had a deep knowledge of Egyptian culture. He even went as far as to mummify his family, who was encapsulated in the tomb.
After years of destruction and reconstruction, the mausoleum remains standing and is open to visitors.
It is believed that the first body to be placed in the mausoleum was Fahrenheid's daughter, or granddaughter, a young girl named Ninette. She was 3 years old at the time.
Fahrenheid mummified the remains of his family members as they passed and placed them in the mausoleum. Finally, he himself was interred in the pyramid in 1849.
During WWII, Soviet forces ransacked the Rapa Pyramid. They took down the doors and desecrated the family's mummified remains. They then abandoned the mausoleum, leaving it open to the elements. Ordinarily, the human remains within would quickly decay once exposed to natural elements.
Some sources claim the remains are still remarkably preserved. Occult-minded commentators attribute this to the pyramid's location at the intersection of three powerful "ley-lines," which are understood to be lines of supernatural energy. In this case, it's believed that the pyramid's location and shape magnifies the intended purpose of the structure, enhancing its natural powers of preservation.
The Egyptian aesthetic was widely popular in European countries in the 19th century, and the Rapa Pyramid was far from the only mausoleum designed to look like those in Giza.
Many mausoleums built during this period copied the Egyptian look, but the Rapa Pyramid was designed to be an exact copy of the pyramids of Giza down to the internal angle of the walls, which is 51 degrees.
Friedrich Wilhelm von Fahrenheid was a man of leisure who enjoyed spending his spare time globetrotting and collecting art. Like many fashionable men of his day, he was interested in Egyptology, and it seems likely that he also had an interest in the occult, given the precision with which he constructed his pyramid. It's telling that the building was built at an unusual intersection of ley-lines, which are lines of supernatural force that occultists believe hold special powers.
Evidence of Fahrenheid's interest in occult teachings is circumstantial, but if the dark significance behind the pyramid's construction is intentional, it's likely Fahrenheid took special care in assuring the location of his mummified family's final resting place was over a set of ley-lines.