Day 2.5: Pyramid of Djoser (stepped pyramid) Sakkara

Lunch followed by a trip to the stepped pyramid at Sakkara Time for lunch and it was finally nice to have a beer in the country that is credited with it’s discovery. Mixed BBQ for

Lunch followed by a trip to the stepped pyramid at Sakkara

Time for lunch and it was finally nice to have a beer in the country that is credited with it’s discovery. Mixed BBQ for the lady and I had a selection of dips ‘n’ stuff. The Egyptian bread was fresh and delicious.

On to Sakkara and the site of the stepped pyramid. These were some of the first columns ever discovered and they have been painstakingly reassembled. Not enough of the block survived to rebuild all the way to the roof, but there are some full height columns at the back.

This is the first ever stone block pyramid built by Djoser in the third dynasty (2650 – 2575BC). Before this, Egyptian Kings were buried in mastaba tombs which were basically holes in the ground which were built around. Interesting that this pyramid seems to have started life as a mastaba tomb but was extended and had the additional layers added. All of the tombs and burial chambers are underground in contrast to the Pyramids at Giza. Unfortunately, it is closed to the public for refurbishment so this is as close as we got.

There were two further attempts at building Pyramids before Khufu built the great Pyramid at Giza. The bent Pyramid built by third dynasty pharaoh Sneferu (2600BC) and the Red Pyramid also built by Sneferu immediately after the bent pyramid. These were not destinations on our itinerary.