The Saqqara Necropolis
The Necropolis of Saqqara
Saqqara is the most important archaeological site in the land of the Nile, new explorations and discoveries are carried out in this marvellous historical site until today by missions from different countries around the world with the help and the support of the Egyptian government.
Situated in the West Bank of the Nile, the same as the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, like all the necropolises of ancient Egypt, Saqqara was the royal burial site of the Old Kingdom.
The centrepiece and the most important monument of Saqqara is definitely the step pyramid of Saqqara, the oldest surviving rock structure in the whole world. It was constructed in 2816 BC, with a height of 130 meters, and it consists of six layers of limestone one on top of the other. The pyramid was an important benchmark in the history of pyramids building in ancient Egypt.
Other important highlights of Saqqara include the Pyramid of Unas, Pyramid complex of King Teti, Pyramid complex of King Userkaf, and the tombs of The Irukaptah, Kagemni, and the tomb of Mehu.
Updated on May 15th 2020