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Serving as a necropolis in Ancient Egypt for about 3000 years, Saqqara is one of the richest and largest archeological sites in the whole of Egypt. Its proximity to Memphis, one of Ancient Egypt's greatest capitals, ensured that it contain a vast number of tombs and funerary structures spanning all dynasties. Saqqara's most important tomb, the 3rd Dynasty Step Pyramid of Djoser, predates the Pyramids of Giza and is known to be humanity's first monumental stone structure. A visit to Saqqara is necessary on any itinerary in Egypt to better understand the country's long history. Saqqara happens to be a less popular site among Egypt's mass tourism industry, and is therefore a more pleasant experience than the overcrowded Pyramids of Giza. The vast necropolis, measuring a length of 7km, lies about 30 minutes south of the great city of Cairo.

Egypt December 2007 Itinerary:
Cairo - Saqqara - Pyramids of Giza; Luxor - Karnak - Necropolis of Thebes; Aswan - Philae - Kalabsha; Abu Simbel; Cairo again.

  • Last visit to Saqqarah: Dec 2007
  • Intro Updated Mar 3, 2008
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  • lahoree's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2010 at 6:40 AM

    One of the best pages on Egypt. Thanks for sharing

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Saqqara was my first taste of Egyptian tombs, and the memory is permanentlt etched. More and more discoveries all the time there - have been to some good lectures on the works in progress. Envy you some of those photos1

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2009 at 6:09 AM

    Good page on Saqqarah. You were lucky tro get into the Tomb of Niankhkhnum & Khnumhotep and the Tomb of Irukaptah We didn't have the opportunity.

  • Tijavi's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2008 at 4:52 AM

    Agree that Saqqara is essential to understanding pharaonic history. Unfortunately B museum was not open when I was there. Great pics and informative posts - again classic Momo pages.

  • VZ-Pam's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    interesting picture of Djoser

  • call_me_rhia's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    a trip down to memory lane... great photos, especially the "stlen" ones

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Lucky you were to visit Saqqarah with one day trip by car! Unfortunately I hadn't got such an opportunity and may be never have... Thanks Momo for the virtual travel! Step Pyramid of Djoser is really worth visiting!

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