Memphis and Saqqâra

Cairo, Egypt

The pyramids at Saqqâra, where Egypt’s royalty and nobility were buried during the Old Kingdom (mid-to-late third millennium BC), are worth a visit. It is the largest archaeological site in Egypt, and important discoveries are still being made here. In November 2008, Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass announced that a new pyramid, probably belonging to the Sixth-Dynasty Queen Sesheshet, had been uncovered. Among the monuments are Djoser’s funerary complex (the Step Pyramid), the Serapeum and the double mastaba of Ptah-Hotep and Akhti-Hotep. Finally, real pharaonic fans may want to stop at Memphis, where very little remains of the once-mighty city. Contact Indagare to arrange a tour.

Written by Melissa Biggs Bradley

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