I was in Cairo last month and took a day trip to see the pyramids beyond the Giza Complex. In Saqqara the stepped pyramid of Djoser is covered in scaffolding, but is still impressive. There are some fine hieroglyphics and a roof full of stars to be seen inside the tomb of Pharaoh Teti. There atmosphere of Saqqara was quite serene. There were only about twenty other tourists, a handful of locals selling souvenirs, and some sleepy camels and dogs lying in the sun. The area around the pyramids is lush with farmland and palm trees. If you are have your own transportation and are an animal lover, try to stop by the S.P.A.R.E. animal shelter for cats and dogs in Saqqara.
In Dashur I was pleasantly surprised to be the only tourist at the bent pyramid. The exterior facing is in relatively good condition with much of the smooth outer casing intact. Having been constructed at two different angles, it resembles the upper portion of an obelisk. The Black Pyramid is not in great condition, but is still striking as it appears to be dissolving into the desert sand. The Red Pyramid is nearby and, if you're not claustrophobic, it's quite an experience to climb into! Once you're in the burial chamber, it's amazing to look up and see the giant stone slabs corbelled to hold the massive weight above them. Again, there were only a handful of tourists around and I was able to quietly enjoy these ancient treasures for a few hours.
If you have time, Memphis is a worthwhile visit for the beautiful colossus statues of Ramses and a lesser but well-preserved Sphinx.
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