About place: Saqqara

30 kilometers30 kilometers to the south from Cairo one can see the most ancient necropolis of Egypt, including the most ancient pyramid of Pharaoh Djoser, who ruled in 2635—2611 B.C.
30 kilometers to the south from Cairo one can see the most ancient necropolis of Egypt, including the most ancient pyramid of Pharaoh Djoser, who ruled in 2635—2611 B.C.

Saqqara is the necropolis called in honour of Sokar, the God of Death, located near the city of Memphis, the main city of the Old Kingdom. Taxi will be the most convenient way to get to it from Cairo, however, one can also go either by train or minibus, but then one will have to walk a lot from the station to the ticket office of the necropolis.

Until XIX century the necropolis of Saqqara was completely covered with sand. By now there have been dug out 11 king's pyramids, as well as a great number of mastabas (tombs) of the nobility. The main purpose of the visit to Saqqara is to see the step pyramid of Djoser (height is 59 m). It was built a hundred years earlier than the pyramids of Giza, and, actually, is the most ancient stone monument of the ancient Egypt.

Near the pyramid of Djoser, you should see the Serapeum (catacombs of the sacred Apis bull), the pyramids of Unas, Teti and Sekhemkhet, as well as mastabas of Meriruka and Kagemni (officials of Teti). All of them are in the northern Saqqara, in the immediate proxim-ity of one another. 

Several kilometers to the south of the northern Saqqara, the burials of the southern Saqqara are located, but it is worth going there only if you have a particular interest in the history of the ancient Egypt.
Several kilometers to the south of the northern Saqqara, the burials of the southern Saqqara are located, but it is worth going there only if you have a particular interest in the history of the ancient Egypt. to the south from Cairo one can see the most ancient necropolis of Egypt, including the most ancient pyramid of Pharaoh Djoser, who ruled in 2635—2611 B.C.
Saqqara is the necropolis called in honour of Sokar, the God of Death, located near the city of Memphis, the main city of the Old Kingdom. Taxi will be the most convenient way to get to it from Cairo, however, one can also go either by train or minibus, but then one will have to walk a lot from the station to the ticket office of the necropolis.
Until XIX century the necropolis of Saqqara was completely covered with sand. By now there have been dug out 11 king's pyramids, as well as a great number of mastabas (tombs) of the nobility. The main purpose of the visit to Saqqara is to see the step pyramid of Djoser (height is 59 m). It was built a hundred years earlier than the pyramids of Giza, and, actually, is the most ancient stone monument of the ancient Egypt.
Near the pyramid of Djoser, you should see the Serapeum (catacombs of the sacred Apis bull), the pyramids of Unas, Teti and Sekhemkhet, as well as mastabas of Meriruka and Kagemni (officials of Teti). All of them are in the northern Saqqara, in the immediate proxim-ity of one another. 
Several kilometers to the south of the northern Saqqara, the burials of the southern Saqqara are located, but it is worth going there only if you have a particular interest in the history of the ancient Egypt.

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