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“The first stone "house"”

Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
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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.
Pacifica, California, Usa
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“The first stone "house"”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

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)

Visited August 2013
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Austin, Texas
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“Hidden gem”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

Not too many people know about these pyramids and this site. It's so important to visit here and learn the history in Sakkara before even venturing out to Giza. The tombs are just "wow" and it gives a real appreciation to the construction of the pyramids.

Visited September 2012
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San Francisco, California
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“Interesting and easy to fit in”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

It's very cool to see the "other" pyramids. There is no problem fitting all the pyramids (Giza, Zoser, these) into one day as the guide book warns.

Visited August 2013
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Rosario, Argentina
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“I loved it!”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

It's a very good place to start when you go to Egypt because it's the oldest pyramid in the country. It's absolutely worth visiting the tombs!

Visited July 2013
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“A must see!”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

I almost didn't do this tour, but made last-minute arrangements thru the Cairo Marriott for a guide and a car to go here. I'd recommend doing this in addition to the Pyramids at Giza. You really get an appreciation for the engineering that went into the later pyramids that you see in Giza.

Visited July 2013
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