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Step Pyramid of Djoser, Sakkara

Step Pyramid of Djoser_Sakkara_Egypt
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The Step Pyramid of Djoser is the oldest pyramid in Egypt. 4,700 years ago, Pharaoh Djoser dreamed to build his tomb in a completely new way so Imhotep, the royal architect, fulfills his dream and built this great pyramid.

Travel and Tourist Information

TypePyramid, Ancient Construction, Archaeological Site, UNESCO
Construction
Year
2670–2650 BC
Other NamesPyramid of Djoser
MaterialLimestone
Ticket Price18 USD
LocationAl Giza Desert, Giza Governorate, Egypt, Africa

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Who was Djoser?

Djoser was an ancient Egyptian pharaoh, the second king of the 3rd Dynasty during the Old Kingdom, and the founder of this epoch. He ruled probably between 2667 and 2648 BC

This pharaoh was also called Djeser and Zoser.

What is the Step Pyramid of Djoser famous for?

  • The Step Pyramid of Djoser is the oldest pyramid in Egypt.
  • 4,700 years ago, Pharaoh Djoser dreamed to build his tomb in a completely new way. Prior to this, kings were buried in mastabas. He asks for a completely new structure. Imhotep, the famous architect, fulfilled Pharaoh Djoser’s dream and built the first step pyramid.
  • The structure of the Step Pyramid is six steps. The step pyramid is made of limestone.
  • Beneath the step pyramid is a maze of tunnels and chambers.
  • In the center is a 28 meters shaft that and at its bottom, is the burial chamber of King Djoser. 
  • 17 Egyptian kings built pyramids to house their remains and possessions for the transition to the afterlife in Saqqara, the vast necropolis of the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis.
  • The transition from the Step Pyramid to a smooth-sided pyramid took place during the reign of King Snefru.

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Catalina

I am Catalina, and my passion for travel, mysteries, legends and archaeology drives me to explore the world and uncover its hidden wonders.