Sakkara : Step Pyramid, Cairo
The Step Pyramid is the first ever built pyramid in Egypt located in Sakkara, the former capital of Egypt. The pyramid was build for King Djoser in 2000++ BC. It may not be as perfect as the one in Giza but the whole complex is a manifestation of a great architecture.
The complex was not only used for burials but also for ceremonies and other religious activities for the King during that time.
Also, on your way to the pyramid, you will pass by a pathway wherein you will see huge pillars on the sides. They say these are just a representation of the real pillars which the ancient Egyptians used to build houses etc. Through the used of the plant papyrus, they bundle the plants together and that would be enough to hold a roof or serve as pillar of the house.
Saqqara is actualy an ancient necropolis in the time when Memphis was a capital. It's most famous site is the Step Pyramid of Zoser (Djoser), the oldest perserved Pyramid in Egypt as well as the oldest stone structure known in the history. Besides this there are another 16 Pyramides but not in the very good conditions. The Pyramid of Pharaoh Unas should be mentioned here as the first Pyramyd that have "talked", in fact, the first anciant texts were found here used as a decoration of the burial room walls.
Sakkara is the oldest ancient Egyptian cemetery, located at the desert plateau, south west of Cairo, The step pyramids was built for King Zoser the first of the lll Dynasty pharaohs in the 27th-century BC by the architect Imhotep. lt is of the mastaba-type.
The pyramid is composed of six receding mastabas on top of each other. The pyramid builders after this period follow and developed this concept into the familiar even-sided pyramids. The step-pyramids measures123.5 by107 ms, at the base and about 59 ms in height.
The entry fee is 35 L.E.
The Court room is the entrance of Step Pyramid in Sakkara. It is also called colonede, as you may see 40 colons, presenting 20colons for each north and south of Egypt. Everything inside the court room was originally located there, except the pathway and one small block in the middle of the pathway area. Great architecture of the ancient civilization.
Saqqara is a very interesting place to visit. As far as Pyramids go, from Saqqara which is a steeped pyramid to the Pyramids at Giza its actually interesting to see how pyramids have advanced!
You can look inside one of the pyramids and there are tombs to visit out here too.
I don't know why, but I found the Stepped Pyramid at Saqqara more impressive than the Pyramids at Gizeh. Perhaps it is because it is a on a smaller scale and an earlier attempt, it has a more human dimension. It is definitely worth the trip out of Cairo.
The Step Pyramid is located in Sakkara, outside of Cairo. It is one of the oldest pyramids in Egypt and predates the Great Pyramids of Giza. It was built for King Zoser by the brilliant architect Imhotep in 2675 BC.
try step pyramids in saqqara: that is the oldest the pyramid and its better then the 3 pyramids in giza.
The most known 3 pyramids were delusion for me, as they are inside the city of Cairo. But this one really match to my pyramid dreams, the one in the middle of desert.
The Pyramid of Djoser was built for the burial of Djoser by Imhtop. It dates form 27c BC and is located to the northwest of the city of memphis at the Necropolis of Saqqara. The early construction of these step pyramids was 6 bases (mastabas) of decreasing size built one on top of the other. The surface was then covered with limestone which was polished. Approximately 60 metres high these step pyramids are thought to be the earliest large scale stone constructions.
The buildings are constructed on an earlier site where the stone replaces older wooden structures which appeared to have had the same basic layout. The complex around the pyramid has an outer wall, surrounded by a trench. The wall has decorated niches and resmbles a weave pattern. There are a number of porticos approx 15 one of which was the main entrance which is recognised by two large ‘open’ doors carved into walls and a corridor flanked by columns. In shape and layout it resembles a fort.
In front of the pyramid there is a courtyard area which was used for ceremonies the court is about 100 X 200 metres square. At the southern end is a Tomb which gives a good insite into the structures under the pyramid itself.
The 6 steps of the pyramid of King Djoser were originally covered with smooth and polished white limestone from the quarries of Tura (near Cairo). The casing was later stolen.
In front of the pyramid, there was a court for the ritual 'running' of the pharaoh during the jubilee festival, in his afterlife.
Saqqara is the necropolis of Egypt's 1st capital Memphis. It was probably named after Soqqar, the mummified falcon-god of the dead.
This is also the place where King Djoser had his tomb, the 1st step pyramid in the world, built.
Don't miss peeping through a hole on the wall of the serdab of King Djoser because you'll see king's statue in the cell.
Amazing! Simply amazing, huge and eternal!
When you take the first step into the room where the statue is located, you will never be able to breath! Wow! Such a beautifull and big statue of one of the most wellknown pharaon!
There are no more words that has to be said, simply get here and check it with your own eyes!
The entry fees is 25 L.E.
Sakkara, in the world’ known as the first “rock building” is a compelte different Pyramid.
As anyone could detect, this is one of the first try to reach the perfection of Gizah.
To get to Saqqara, you gotta overtake the temple of saqqara, (chek the other pic).
The Pyramid is located in the middle of the desert and the sun can obvioulsy be a problem during the first afternoon, so take care.
The entry fee is 35 L.E.
To see one of the first experiments in Pyramid building a great trip to make is to Saqqara. There are some nice items to view and on a clear day it is also possible to see the pyramids of Giza, Abu Sir, and Dashur off in the distance.
The ancient capital of Memphis has a few noteworthy statues and such ..... along with "baksheesh" hungry guards and grounds-keepers. Another plus to coming out this far from Cairo is to get a feel of what life is like in the little villages of Egypt - it's a nice change of pace.
If you aren't going with the typical tour, then the easiest way to visit these sites is to hire a taxi for the day. You should be able to hire one for around 100EGP (YMMV) and finding a willing taxi driver won't be a problem. In fact, they will actively seek you out.
Most important to see at the Sakkara site is the stairs pyramid of king Djoser which was build 2650 BC. This wasn't only the first pyramid but also the first building made by stone in the whole world. Around the pyramid you will find a lot of graves.
The site is opened daily from 9 am till 5 pm (think about different openingtimes during Ramadan)