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“A bit of a drive but worth the effort” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Cairo, Egypt
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Ranked #3 of 144 Attractions in Cairo
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: This is one of the most extensive archaeological sites comprising many important monuments such as the Step Pyramid of Djoser, Pyramid of Unas, Pyramid of Sekhemket, Mastaba of Ti and the deep underground Persian Tombs.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“A bit of a drive but worth the effort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

The area of Saqqara is about an hour's drive south of Cairo, for which taking a taxi is really your only option. Saqqara was used as the royal necropolis at the time nearby Memphis was Egypt's capital, back during the Old Kingdom around 3000BC.

The major attraction in Saqqara is the Step Pyramid of Zoser, the first pyramid in the world, constructed around 2700BC, and still in remarkably good condition.

Close by are the stone tombs of family members and ministers, as well as the life-size statue of Zoser outside his pyramid. The smaller pyramid of Teti is possible to walk inside, but the steep passages to the burial chamber deep underground will not be for claustrophobics.

The whole area is well worth a half-day trip from Cairo and a brat taste of Pharaonic Egypt.

Visited May 2014
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“Marvel of beauty (The Stairs)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Wonderful, even from a distance truly wonderful. Restoration works keep us at distance but still amazingly beautiful

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“Great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

So much to see apart from the famous "step pyramid"! The Zoser pyramid itself is already very impressive because of its size and form. But there is more to see. Other pyramids, tombs, paintings... a complete and extensive funerary complex dating from various dynasties and periods. Do start with visiting the Imhotep Museum. It isn't very big, but it gives you a good impression and general idea. Check when you buy your ticket which of the tombs are open and which are not. It may save you a further walk through the sand.

Visited December 2014
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“worth to be seen”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Slightly different pyramid, accessible by taxi from Cairo.
It must be stopped in Memphis and see the Sphinx

Visited December 2014
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“One of the first pyramids ever built”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This is worth a half day excursion. The plains around Saqqara are empty of tourists and you can experience at your leisure the ancient history of this stepped pyramid and take in the splendour of Egypt 5000 years ago

Visited December 2014
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