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The First Steps - The Step Pyramid of Saggara, Egypt

Saqqara or Sakkara, Saqqarah is a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt, featuring the world's oldest standing step pyramid. It is located some 30 km south of modern-day Cairo and covers an area of around 7 km by 1.5 km.

While Memphis was the capital of Ancient Egypt, Saqqara served as its necropolis. Although it was eclipsed as the burial ground of royalty by Giza and later by the Valley of the Kings in Thebes, it remained an important complex for minor burials and cult ceremonies for more than 3,000 years, well into Ptolemaic and Roman times. The step pyramid at Saqqara was designed by Imhotep for King Djoser (c.2667-2648 BC). It is the oldest complete hewn-stone building complex known in history.


Djoser Pyramid, Great Step Pyramid of Saggara Egypt  Statue at Saggara Burial Site, Saggara, Egypt  Children and Donkees, the Step Pyramid of Saggara, Egypt  Columns, Great Step Pryamid Complex of Saggara Egypt

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