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Travel Guide to Saqqara
The Travel Guide to Saqqara highlights the most important places to visit in this area of Egypt and its significance to the history of Egypt together with Ancient Egyptian facts and information about Saqqara. The village of Saqqara is 33 kilometers from Cairo, the Egyptian capital. Saqqara is famous for the pyramids and tombs which were built throughout Ancient Egypt and dating from the Predynastic period to the late periods of Ancient Egyptian History. Saqqara is located just 3km from the city of Memphis, which was one of the ancient capitals of Egypt. Saqqara was therefore used as the main cemetery for royalty and nobles who lived in Memphis.

Location of Saqqara
Our Egypt travel guide differentiates between the sites of Upper and Lower Egypt. Ancient Egypt originally consisted of two parts which were called Upper and Lower Egypt. Saqqara is located in Lower Egypt.  Upper Egypt was the valley area in the South and Lower Egypt was the delta area in the North. Upper and Lower Egypt each had their own governments and rulers. These two parts Egypt were eventually united in 3118BC. Plan your Tour of Egypt around the most important and ancient sites of Lower Egypt, including Saqqara, using our travel guide.

Places to Visit and tour in Saqqara
The most famous places to visit in Saqqara are as follows:

  • The Step Pyramid of King Djoser
  • The Pyramid of Teti I
  • The Pyramid of Unas
  • The Tombs of Nefer, Princess Idut, Mehu, Mereruka, Kagemni, Neferseshemptah and Ankhmahor
  • The mastaba tomb of Ti

The Step Pyramid of King Djoser at Saqqara
The Step Pyramid is a monument to the Pharaoh Djoser (2668 - 2649BC) of the 3rd Dynasty.

The Pyramid of Teti I at Saqqara
The Pyramid of Teti I is a monument to the Pharaoh Teti I (2345 - 2333BC) of the 6th Dynasty.

The Pyramid of Unas at Saqqara
The Pyramid of Unas is a monument to the Pharaoh Unas (2375 - 2345 BC) of the 5th Dynasty.

Saqqara - The Tombs of Nefer, Princess Idut, Mehu, Mereruka, Kagemni, Neferseshemptah, Ankhmahor and the mastaba tomb of Ti
The mastaba tomb of Ti was built for a high official who served the pharaohs during the 5th dynasty. The mastaba tomb of Ti was discovered in 1865 by the French archaeologist Auguste Mariette (1821 1881). Other tombs found at Saqqara include those of high ranking royalty, viziers and nobles include Nefer (5th Dynasty ), Princess Idut (5th Dynasty), Mehu (6th Dynasty), Mereruka (6th Dynasty), Kagemni (6th Dynasty), Neferseshemptah (6th Dynasty) and Ankhmahor (6th Dynasty).

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