OK, not really a house but it is indeed the world's first "building" as you can get inside. Built by Imhotep and Zoser it was the first pyramid-like structure built entirely of stone. My guide, driver and I were the only people around on this day (8/29/13) and I had all the time in the world to get up close and personal to this historical mountain of stone. It's been undergoing much renovation, hence the scaffolding but, this does not take away from this impressive monument. If you wish to travel on a direct line of pyramid construction this is where you should start. Not a true pyramid but the concept was surely taking root with the successive mastabas built upon each other. After Saqqara you should then go to Dashur for the next developments and see the Bent Pyramid and then the Red Pyramid..the first true stone pyramid. Then, you can visit the traditional pyramids at Giza where the art was at it's highest (Great Pyramid, etc.).
While near Saqqara you should definitely spend an additional 100 Egyptian pounds (about 11 Euros or 14 USD) and visit the Serapeum!! This is an amazing (and expansive) underground ritual burial place for apis bulls. Each in granite sarcophagi weighing well over 70 tons. This attraction has recently been fully renovated, is fairly well lit (you should bring a small flashlight as well), very clean and rock ceiling has new steel superstructures. I cannot imagine the labor involved in getting the sarcophagi down into this chamber. Again, you simply should not take the time and effort to visit Saqqara and not include the Serapeum. I was unaware of this place until reading a book by Christopher Dunn, who has written extensively about the high state of technology and engineering of the ancient Egyptians. You may want to reference some of his observations prior to visiting this awesome underground structure. (in all of Saqqara there is no bathroom, water or food so..come prepared)
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.