Monday, January 22, 2018

Tuesday Treasures - Egypt

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme. 

I am reposting this from 2014 as it is fun to re-read some of our travels.

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.


















6 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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  4. ...wow. dry and barren are two words that come to mind. How did they build these things with no technology? Amazing! Thanks Jackie for sharing sharing, please stop back again.

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  5. So fascinating! What a trip this was! Great photos.

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