Sakkara (Saqqara)Approx. Time: 3 hours
Activity Level: Easy to Moderate

Sakkara is one section of the great necropolis of Memphis, the Old Kingdom capital and the kings of the 1st Dynasty as well as that of the 2nd Dynasty. are mostly buried in this section of the Memphis necropolis. It has been of constant interest to Egyptologists.

Sakkara is the city of the dead. The name Sakkara is derived from the word sakr - hawk. The Sakkara is made up of over 14 pyramids, hundreds of mastabas and tombs, art objects and engravings dating from the first dynasty. The oldest mummy and papyrus were found here.

Sakkara is also famous for its private Old Kingdom tombs, which contain beautiful and revealing scenes: men force- feeding geese, cattle crossing a canal, men dragging a statue on a sled to the tomb. The best-known tombs are those of Ti, Kagemni, the 'Two Brothers', and Ptahhotep; the most famous is that of Meruruka.

Courtesy of Egypt Tourism Board