Sunday, April 27, 2014

Travel Photo Monday - Egypt


Travel Photo Monday


Travel Photo Monday







November 2007 - Cairo Egypt

Some photos from our first day in Cairo. Our first stop was Sakkhara. It was a hot day and we were really excited to go sightseeing with George, our private guide.

Saqqara also spelled Sakkara or Saccara in English, is a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt, serving as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. Saqqara features numerous pyramids, including the world famous Step pyramid of Djoser, sometimes referred to as the Step Tomb due to its rectangular base, as well as a number of mastabas (Arabic word meaning 'bench'). Located some 30 km (19 mi) south of modern-day Cairo, Saqqara covers an area of around 7 by 1.5 km (4.35 by 0.93 mi).







At Saqqara, the oldest complete stone building complex known in history was built: Djoser's step pyramid, built during the third dynasty. Another 16 Egyptian kings built pyramids at Saqqara, which are now in various states of preservation or dilapidation. High officials added private funeral monuments to this necropolis during the entire pharaonic period. It remained an important complex for non-royal burials and cult ceremonies for more than 3,000 years, well into Ptolemaic and Roman times.


















3 comments:

  1. Spectacular shots, Jackie!

    Egypt's fascinated me since childhood. I must see it for myself someday.

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  2. I enjoyed the picture of that crumbling pyramid, so interesting. We only ever see the ones with perfect sharp points in print and tv travel media.

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  3. How lucky that you have visited this ancient civilization!

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