Covering a 7 km stretch of the Western Desert, Saqqara, the huge cemetery of Ancient Memphis, was an active burial ground for more than 3500 years and is Egypt’s largest archaeological site. The necropolis is situated high above the Nile Valley’s cultivation area about a 40-minute drive from Cairo’s city center. Saqqara is the final resting place for deceased pharaohs and their families, administrators, generals, and sacred animals. It is also the place where the first pyramid was built. The name Saqqara is most likely derived from Sokar, the Memphite god of the dead.
In this post, you will find everything you need to know for a visit to Saqqara.
How to get there
Dashur is open daily from 8 am – 4 pm and the entrance fee is 120 LE per person.
In our opinion, you will need at least 3 hours to visit Saqqara. We visited the highlights; The Step Pyramid of Djoser, the Serapeum, and the Mastaba of Ti. If you are planning on visiting additional tombs then you need to plan more time. You can easily combine a visit to Saqqara with the Pyramids of Dashur.
Step Pyramid of Djoser
You enter the complex via a colonnaded corridor and a broad hypostyle hall. The 40 pillars in the corridor are bundle columns, ribbed to resemble a bundle of palm or papyrus stems.