Sahure was a son of Userkaf and likely Khentkaus I. It was the first case in Egypt history, when a Pharaoh married his mother (these marriages between relatives were very frequent under Ptolemaic dynasty rule).
Sahure consolidated the inner conditions in Egypt and made the state administration more effective. He did crusades, especially into Libya, Sinai and Nubia - the purpose was to get slaves, mines, livestock and even beauties for the royal harem. Under his rule copper ore and turquoise were mined in Wadi Maghareh on Sinai, diorite in mines in Abu Simbel, cedarwood was imported from Byblos and he even sent an expedition into mysterious Land of Punt.
Sahure founded a royal necropolis at Abusir, where he built a pyramidal complex near by Userkaf's Sun temple. The rich embossed decoration of this complex is the top of embossed art in Old Kingdom. We know from contemporary written sources, that Sahure built a sun temple as well, but it wasn't found yet.