Step Pyramid of Djoser
Step Pyramid of Djoser
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  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas5,155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The unknown pyramid
    The Step Pyramid of Djoser was an unknown pyramid for me. I was unaware of its history being older than the pyramids of Giza until our guide told us about its history. It is not as impressive as the pyramids of Giza. We were able to walk into the Step Pyramid because it was an easy process whereas we didn’t go into the great pyramid because it was more complicated. Our tour included both pyramids, but if I had a choice, I would go to the Pyramids of Giza.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 10, 2023
  • betteskid
    Boston, Massachusetts1,327 contributions
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    Amazing place to visit near Cairo
    We visited this amazing place while we were in Cairo. The complex is large and seeing the step pyramid, a precursor to the more typical pyramids with which we are familiar was really amazing. I recommend doing this when you are in Cairo. There are a number of tours one can take to reach the place and it is very helpful to see it with a guide who can tell you the history and significance of the things you are seeing.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 25, 2024
  • Steve P
    Southampton, United Kingdom777 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive visit
    Widely regarded as an important development in Egyptian pyramid building, the Step Pyramid of Djoser is an impressive site. It's not the first step pyramid - over 30, known as ziggurats, had been previously built in Mesopotamia (Iran mostly), and it's not even the first step pyramid in Egypt - the Mastaba of Anedjib, now mostly ruined, was earlier, and contained evidence that there had been earlier (as yet undiscovered) step pyramids; however, it's in excellent condition, and is clearly a step pyramid, so it is widely regarded as the first significant step pyramid in Egypt. Step pyramids appear in different places around the world at different times, which may appear magical, but they are a fairly simple and sturdy manner of building high, so pyramid building makes sense. The accompanying buildings are quite remarkable, and the underground tomb with the subtle carved reliefs which can only be seen by torch, is worth the visit by itself.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 11, 2024
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ZhaoXiuMei
Singapore, Singapore5,113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Step Pyramid of Djoser is the prototype for all other pyramids. It was built for King Djoser of the 3rd Dynasty around 2700 BC.
Can you imagine it has been around for more than 4900 years!!
Our guide told us the Step Pyramid started as a bench tomb and how the architect innovated and improved on the original design by adding more layers to make it into a six-step structure.
The place definitely has less crowd compared to the Pyramid of Giza but it is no less awe inspiring. Must visit
Written February 13, 2020
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Ukienomad
Fleming Island, FL6,732 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Friends
Step Pyramid of King Zoser was built in the 27th century BC. and the beginning of Dynasty 3, possibly the first pyramid Constructed in Egypt. It’s more than 200 feet tall, and the oldest stone structure of its size in the world. The inside of the tombs have murals that provide insights into every day life in ancient Egypt. Be sure to peer into the serdab, a stone structure in front of the pyramid with two eye-holes that invites you to look deeper inside. When you do, you will discover a remarkably life-like painted limestone statue of Zoser looking back at you. An amazing experience to walk through ancient history.

Written February 17, 2020
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KarenAzinger
Portland142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
After visiting Giza, if you still want more pyramid action, then Saqqara is the place to go next. Definitely see the impressive Step Pyramid, unique in Egypt. Then visit the small pyramid of Unas. You can go inside Unas where you will find the first pyramid text written on the tomb walls. Very beautiful and very Indiana Jones. So go to Saqqarra and see both of these pyramids, you will not be disappointed.
Written March 19, 2020
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,691 contributions
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Jan 2020
The Step Pyramid of Djoser was completed in 2650 BC for the pharaoh Djoser. It’s located in the Saqqara Necropolis, which was the royal cemetery of ancient Memphis. Memphis and its Necropolis, as part of the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur, were named a World Heritage Site in 1979. The step pyramid gets its name for its unique shape which consists of six multiple layers, or steps, stacked on top of each other. More importantly, it was the first monument built from stones and not mudbrick mustabas. The Step Pyramid was the blueprint for all the pyramids that followed!
Written April 25, 2020
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Art K
Monroe, NY138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
The Step Pyramid of Djoser is the earliest monumental pyramid in Egypt, built at Saqqara about 2650 BCE for the 3rd Dynasty Old Kingdom pharaoh Djoser, who ruled about 2691–2625 BCE. The pyramid is part of a complex of buildings, said to have been planned and executed by that most famous architect of the ancient world, Imhotep. This is one of the earliest Pyramids made and was completed proximately 4700 years ago. While not as impressive as the Giza pyramids, this too was an amazing achievement. We had the opportunity to spent some time there and we walked around most of the complex. There are other smaller pyramids and tombs there as well, that we were able to enter. Hieroglyphics were not yet done at these tombs but much later at other tombs. Wonderfully some of the original paint still exist on some of the images others of course have been worn down but the ones that still had paint were extraordinary to behold.
Written February 1, 2022
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Chelsea
165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
I recommend seeing this before touring the Great Pyramids of Giza. It’s an incredible sight and they recently started allowing you to go inside. It costs 100 Egyptian Pounds and the path to get there is much taller than the one at Giza. I didn’t have to dunk down at all at 5’7”. The path was well lit and it was cool to look at how far down the tomb goes. There was a ton to see on the grounds.
Written May 25, 2021
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DEK_29
Brisbane, Australia1,071 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I visited the Step Pyramid of Djoser ten years ago (2010) during a sunny day when there was plenty of restoration scaffolding on the pyramid. This visit saw all the scaffolding gone however, areas have now been cordoned off and others opened.

The restored celebration halls for the nomes of ancient Egypt are a good sight to see along with the Heb-Sed Court. Unable to visit the Serdab, I roamed the complex at will while intermittent showers rained down. A far cry for the sunny day back in 2010.
Written February 10, 2020
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Steve P
Southampton, UK777 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Widely regarded as an important development in Egyptian pyramid building, the Step Pyramid of Djoser is an impressive site. It's not the first step pyramid - over 30, known as ziggurats, had been previously built in Mesopotamia (Iran mostly), and it's not even the first step pyramid in Egypt - the Mastaba of Anedjib, now mostly ruined, was earlier, and contained evidence that there had been earlier (as yet undiscovered) step pyramids; however, it's in excellent condition, and is clearly a step pyramid, so it is widely regarded as the first significant step pyramid in Egypt. Step pyramids appear in different places around the world at different times, which may appear magical, but they are a fairly simple and sturdy manner of building high, so pyramid building makes sense.
The accompanying buildings are quite remarkable, and the underground tomb with the subtle carved reliefs which can only be seen by torch, is worth the visit by itself.
Written April 11, 2024
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aekrfk
Newport Beach, CA247 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Everyone goes to see Machu Picchu in Peru and misses 95% of the other incredible sights. We think it is the same in Egypt. Everyone goes to see the three great pyramids of Giza. But you are missing 95% of the other incredible sights. Egypt history goes back 6000 years with 170 pharaohs! You are only seeing three at Giza! To put everything in context it is great to start at the Zoser Step Pyramid and funerary complex. From there you can also see the bent pyramid in the distance. All of this is in Saqqara. Do yourself a favor and do not miss this. Also the Giza pyramids are so crowded where this is nice and quiet.
Written April 8, 2023
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rakamakafooo
Moscow, Russia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The oldest building in the world. Admission fee is 180 L.E. (January 2020). You need to buy a ticket in ticket office near security checkpoint. It's impossible to come here by public transport, but use Uber - it is cheap.
Written January 11, 2020
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