Pyramid of Unas at Saqqara

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Saqqara is much more than the pyramid complex of pharaoh Djoser. The nearby funerary pyramid and mortuary temple of Old Kingdom pharaoh Unas is perhaps equally as important. Although only a fraction of the size of the nearby stepped pyramid, the pyramid has the first ever example of the now world-famous “Pyramid Texts”. No pyramid which came before it had any inscriptions within the confines of the burial chamber itself, ushering in an artistic revolution for future constructions to come.

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.
 Admission
  • Saqqara  40 EGP
 ISIC Student Card
  • Discount50% 


 Notes
  • Approx. (MIN)15 
  • Pyramid Texts
  • Intact Causeway
  • Pyramid Casing
  • Decline Guides
  • Bring Extra Water
  • Shade Available
 Transportation
  • Leisurely walkabout
  • Walkabout Unas’s
  • Driver will park/wait




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