Last but not least.

Saqqara Travel Blog

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Our very last day in Egypt. And there wasn't much left for us to visit. The last 5 days were a rollercoaster ride, incredibly busy. We had tried to squeeze a thousand sights into those days and we had not much energy left. Still, there was one single sight to see: Saqqara.

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.
The bent pyramid and red pyramid in the distance.
Around the pyramid is a large court with walls and many buildings, where you can easily stroll around (and sometimes a tout jumps from hiding to bother you).

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...
sylviandavid says:
Lots to see but you saw a lot!
Posted on: Oct 26, 2010
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Big Friendly Giant.
Big Friendly Giant.
The bent pyramid and red pyramid i…
The bent pyramid and red pyramid …
The Djoser burial complex.
The Djoser burial complex.
Djosers step pyramid.
Djoser's step pyramid.
A treacherous hole to protect the …
A treacherous hole to protect the…
The desert is closed.
The desert is closed.
Behind this door is a deep hole.
Behind this door is a deep hole.
Djosers step pyramid.
Djoser's step pyramid.
Our happy driver.
Our happy driver.
At Ali Babas.
At Ali Baba's.
Saqqara
photo by: Chiquitatina