By: Michelle Jackson
July 15, 2020
Saqqara is a vast, ancient burial ground in Giza. There we saw some of the oldest step pyramids in the world. This really enlightened us about the early architecture of the pharaohs and some of the Old Kingdoms’ most amazing treasures.
On our tour we entered many tombs and took a close up look at intricate carvings (hieroglyphics) and paintings on walls. The famous step pyramid, the Tomb of Djoser or Zoser, built by Imhotep is thought to be the earliest major stone structure erected in Egypt.
This incredible structure sits in the heart of the Pyramid Complex of Saqqara. The Pyramid of Djoser was constructed during the reign of Pharaoh Djoser, one of the Third Dynasty kings that ruled over ancient Egypt.
A temple which is part of the Royal Complex
THE GREAT PYRAMIDS OF GIZA
The Pyramids of Giza are a must see for all, at least once in a lifetime. One fascinating thing we discovered is that the massive stone blocks were created so precisely that they fit tightly together with no mortar or cement in between.
Be sure to hire a good tour guide when you visit in order to get all your questions answered, because you will have many.
Getting a close up of the Great Pyramids of Giza is one of the most memorable and exhilarating moments ever. Riding in the car, waiting anxiously to see the massive structures to appear was exciting. Then out of nowhere, we saw the top of one of the Great Pyramids hovering over everything in sight. In this moment we all just sighed and gasped in disbelief. Even though we were not there yet, we felt like they were up close and getting closer every minute. Within no time, we were looking at one of the greatest wonders of the ancient world.
To enter the complex and see the pyramids up close, the cost is only 80 EGP ($9). Just meters beyond the pyramid site, you can also enjoy amazing camel rides for around 300 EGP ($20) for 1 hour or ($10) for 30 minutes. Camel rides are not included in the ticket price to see the pyramids. There is an additional price to go inside the pyramids: Great Pyramid (Pyramid of Khufu): 100 EGP = $11.20 USD
Meresankh III tomb: 50 EGP = $5.60 USD
Additionally, make sure to do your homework if hiring a tour guide.We hired a tour guide we were referred to by a few friends who met him on prior trips. He was very informed and his packages worked out really great, as he let us customize our trip for our family of three to include: a tour of six sites, two cities (Cairo and Alexandria), and transportation.
The Sphinx is another must see, as it is not far from the site where the Great Pyramids are. This massive beauty makes you feel like you are living in ancient times when you are up close. It makes you appreciate every detail that came from years of work carving through stone.
*The cost to see the Sphinx is included in the ticket price to see the Great Pyramids.
THE MUSEUM OF EGYPTIAN ANTIQUITIES
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities is located in Cairo, Egypt and houses some of the most ancient relics of the early Egyptian civilizations. It contains over 120, 000 items over 2 floors. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes when visiting this site as you will be doing quite a bit of walking. It takes about a half day to get through the entire museum, maybe more if you hire a thorough tour guide.
The cost to enter is 120 Egyptian Pounds ($7 US dollars per person).
If you book a trip to Egypt, make sure to check out these historical sites. They are all very interesting and truly worth your time and a visit!
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All photo by: Unapologetic Nomads