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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
We decided at the last minute to go to Sakkarah. We did not think we would have time but afetr seeing the Pyramids and Sphynz it was about 2:30 pm. Our driver said we may make it in time but that it closed early during Ramadan. It is a fair drive there but at the speed we were going it did not take too long. We did some serious low flying. We were a few minutes late but a little baksheesh solved that problem.
I am very glad we went not only to see the pyramid and thombs but also to get out of Cairo and see some of its surroundings.
For those of you with kids the collonaded walk provides a good opportunity to play hide and seek LOL!
Serving as a necropolis in Ancient Egypt for about 3000 years, Saqqara is one of the richest and largest archeological sites in the whole of Egypt. Its proximity to Memphis, one of Ancient Egypt's greatest capitals, ensured that it contain a vast number of tombs and funerary structures dating from various dynasties. Saqqara's most important tomb, the 3rd Dynasty Step Pyramid of Djoser, predates the Pyramids of Giza and is known to be humanity's first monumental stone structure. A visit to Saqqara is necessary on any itinerary in Egypt to better understand the country's long history. Saqqara happens to be a less popular site among Egypt's mass tourism industry, and is therefore a more pleasant experience than the overcrowded Pyramids of Giza.
For more detailed information, check out my Saqqara page.
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 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 pyramids at Giza impress by their size, simplicity and evident age. The archaeological remains of Saquara are infinitely more varied and size apart extraordinary than those at Giza.
The famous 'step-pyramid', the oldest known dressed stone construction in the world, is only the most spectacular of it's attractions. Indeed the site is so extensive that the authorities have divided it into two zones, each with separate coach parks and entry points.
I was on a quick day of pyramid hunting, and so only had a couple of hours to spare before heading south to Daishur, and so visited little. The step pyramid as mother of all stone architecture was what I had to see. I would have enjoyed the painted reliefs I saw more without the guide who insisted on accompanying me.
Tho photo is one of my very very favorites. It's the dog in the foreground that makes it.
The Step Pyramid is situated in the South Sakkara. Though this pyramid is small in size compared to the pyramids of Giza, it is one of most popular Egyptian monuments. The pyramid was first built with large scale of limestone and serve as a monumental royal tomb.
History tells us that the pyramid complex was built for Horus Netjerikhet or known as Djoser. There are so much to see in the Pyramid Complex. I am going to give you the information separately and detailedly.
I went here to see the Zoser Step Pyramid.
Even more ancient (around 7000 yrs old) than the Giza Pyramids.
There are also other antiquities and tombs to see here.
I was advised not to bother paying extra for the Museum though - not much to see.
There is a little coffee shop with snacks on site.
As at March 2009: 60LE Adult entrance fee.
The complex of Saqqara is crowded with burials which seems been used many times and is riddled with tombs and galleries. The main attraction and the most famous monument in the complex is the step pyramid of Djoser which is the oldest of all Egypt's pyramid.
There are so many pyramids in the complex. Some are still there and some are just a ruined heap of rubble. And to name a few;
The Mastaba el-Faraun - 4th Dynasty
Pyramid of Userkaf - 5th Dynasty
The Pyramid of Unas - Late 5th Dynasty
Pyramid of Pepi II - 6th Dynasty.
When you talk of Egypt it is very hard to grasp the words “the oldest.” Egypt has 97 known pyramids and the step pyramid of Sakkara is widely promoted as the oldest pyramid in Egypt.
Originally part of the great metropolis of Memphis, the Kings of the first and second dynasty are buried here. The step pyramid, however, was build in the third dynasty by King Djoser (or his slaves!) after it was designed by the architect Imothep.
As much as the Step pyramid is spectacular, Anne and I were very impressed with the tombs of the old kingdom which located here as well. In fact, you ust walk past them to enter the pyramid. Thse tombs are home to the most beautiful “reliefs” and hieroglyphics depicting daily life. These hieroglyphics are painted on masonry that appears as though it could have been laid only a few years ago!
We hired a taxi driver for the day who took us to Saqqara, Memphis and Dashur for 170LE. Our first stop was Saqqara which is around 12 miles from Cairo and takes around 30 minutes to get there by cab/car (traffic permitting). Saqqara is the necropolis of Memphis with the Step Pyramid of King Zoser being the oldest pyramid in the world. The mastabas or burial chambers contain murals of the ancient empire and are worth a quick look.
Entry costs 60LE per adult (as of Nov. 2008) (students and children pay around half price I believe) and includes entry to the Imhotep Museum located by the ticket office. The Museum holds many artifacts and explains the history of Saqqara and you may take photos at no extra cost.
From here, your driver will take you up the hill to the Step Pyramid site where you can take photos and visit the burial chambers (mastabas) and ruins too. You can also see the Dashur Bent Pyramid in the distance from the hill.