Pyramid of Unas at Saqqara
The Pyramid of Unas
Initially smooth-sided, it is in fact one of the smallest pharaonic pyramids ever constructed. The complex has a well-preserved causeway, and many carved stone remnants bearing the pharaoh’s cartouche. There are many fantastic scenes from daily life in Egypt inscribed into the stone fragments, scattered all over the vicinity. The pyramid interior has a single burial chamber with the famous “Pyramid Texts”.
The Pyramid Texts
The interior of the burial chamber is inscribed with hieroglyphs which were meant to behave magically, protecting the pharaoh’s remains, reanimating the pharaoh’s mummy, and assisting in his ascension through to the Field of Reeds – the ancient Egyptian version of heaven. All of this had its definitive artistic start in Egypt’s Old Kingdom.
The Saqqara Necropolis
Saqqara is Egypt’s most important ancient cemetery. Not only does the site contain pyramids of ancient Egyptian rulers, the desert is packed with the tombs of various nobles, and civil servants. Travelers are bound to see dozens of rectangular tomb structures, called mastabas, belonging to important families in the royal court of the time.
- Admission rates are in Egyptian pounds (EGP). Foreign currencies are not accepted by site authorities.
- Tickets can only be purchased with cash. Cheques, debit and credit cards are not accepted.
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