Step Pyramid of Saqqara and the Nearby Museum


Member Rating 5 out of 5 by NiceGinna on January 23, 2009

Our first stop of the day was Museum Imhotep, the architect of the earliest Step Pyramid. He was also a writer and scientist, a true Rennaisance Man, but well before the Rennaisance! Then it was on to the First Step Pyramid, built about 4600 years ago! Before the Step Pyramids, there were flat-topped burial chambers called Mastabas (Arabic for "bench"). But King Djoser asked Imhotep to create something more spectacular for him. Since the King was still living, Imhotep kept adding a new level to the tomb (he didn't want to "kill the job"), creating steps whereby Ba, the Spirit on earth could climb to join Ka, the body in heaven.
Step Pyramid of Saqqara
North Saqqara
Cairo, Egypt
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