Last but not least.
Saqqara Travel Blog› entry 6 of 6 › view all entries
March 28th, 2008 – by: Jeroenadmiraal
Saqqara lies about half an hour driving from Cairo, and there you can find the oldest pyramid in the world. The famous step-pyramid. Saqqara is actually a massive ancient burial ground, where you can find many pyramids, large and small, and the necropolis of Memphis (once the capital of ancient Egypt). The step pyramid is off course very well known. This pyramid was designed by Imhotep (better known from The Mummy movies) about 5000 years ago, and was built for the Pharao Djoser.
While we were there, there was actually an excavation in progress in the necropolis. A wandering tout told us that there are many buildings with deep undiscovered holes in the ground to protect the mummies. He showed us a typical door behind which a very deep hole was hidden. From that place, we could see even further into the desert, and see the Bent Pyramid and Red Pyramid in the desert, but there was no time to visit those (a pity though, because the red pyramid is supposed to be a great one).
Oh, lets not forget our excellent driver! He brought us from Cairo to Saqqara and waited for us all afternoon in front of the Imhotep Museum. But he didn't mind. He had the time of his life! All the way to Saqqara, he was very happy and laughing all the time (I think he was laughing at us, being silly westerners). But he was very friendly and I think very grateful to bring us to Saqqara for the small amount we paid him. (And it is a miracle his car didn't break down along the way.)
We dined at an excellent restaurant (Ali Baba's) and said farewell to Egypt. Maybe I will return someday, for there is still lots to see...
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