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This gallery contains pictures of the two main sites usually visited together on a day trip south of Cairo - Saqqara with the famous Step Pyramid, a huge necropolis with many tombs and other pyramids and Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt now will an open air museum with the alabaster sphinx and the huge partial statue of Ramasses 11.

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Saqqara EG9511413jhp 
 Ancient Egypt limestone Enclosure Step Pyramid ureaus cobra Zoser Saqqara dating from around 2500BC to the south of Cairo is the earliest stone built monument in Egypt and probably in the world and near the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis and was designed by Imhotep, one of the greatest minds in ancient Egypt and later deified as a God. Construction is with small bricks of fine white limestone giving this huge building a very delicate structure and aesthetic appearance. Still one of the highlights of any visit to Egypt, despite the wealth of fantastic places to see, and for me best enjoyed towards the evening when the site is often quiet and the face of the pyramid from the colonnade entrance is bathed in soft golden light. 
 Keywords: Egypt, Egyptian, Saqqarah, Saqqara, Bedrashein, necropolis, history, antiquity, Egyptology, archaeology, ancient, history, upright, landscape, royal, tombs, Step, pyramid, Zoser, Djoser, pharaoh, king, Imhotep, chief, works, architect, first, funerary, Hed-Seb, Jubilee, canonical, shrines, desert, sand, colonnade, limestone, stones, bricks, levels, steps, mastaba, style, north, entrance, face, south, tomb, Uraeus, frieze, court, altars, mortuary, temple, 1995, scan, scanned, 645, slide, film, transparency, Bronica, ETRSi
Step Pyramid Saqqara EG951143jhp 
 Step Pyramid Saqqara Egypt Oldest Stone Monument Hed-Sed Festival Court in the world, built for King Djoser around 2500BC, is viewed from outside the main entrance to the enclosure and the Hed-Seb Festival Court with its stylish fluted columns based on the stems of papyrus reeds 
 Keywords: Egypt, Egyptian, Saqqarah, Saqqara, Bedrashein, necropolis, history, antiquity, Egyptology, archaeology, ancient, history, landscape, royal, tombs, Step, pyramid, Zoser, Djoser, pharaoh, king, Imhotep, chief, works, architect, first, funerary, Hed-Seb, Jubilee, canonical, shrines, desert, sand, colonnade, limestone, stones, bricks, levels, steps, mastaba, style, north, entrance, face, south, tomb, Uraeus, frieze, court, altars, mortuary, temple, 1995, 645, slide, film, transparency, Bronica, ETRSi, scanned, scan
Step Pyramid Saqqara EG9511412jhp 
 Ancient Egypt ureaus frieze Enclosure Step Pyramid Saqqara morning sunny dating from around 2500BC to the south of Cairo is the earliest stone built monument in Egypt and probably in the world and near the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis and was designed by Imhotep, one of the greatest minds in ancient Egypt and later deified as a God. Construction is with small bricks of fine white limestone giving this huge building a very delicate structure and aesthetic appearance. Still one of the highlights of any visit to Egypt, despite the wealth of fantastic places to see, and for me best enjoyed towards the evening when the site is often quiet and the face of the pyramid from the colonnade entrance is bathed in soft golden light. 
 Keywords: Egypt, Egyptian, Saqqarah, Saqqara, Bedrashein, necropolis, history, antiquity, Egyptology, archaeology, ancient, history, landscape, royal, tombs, Step, pyramid, Zoser, Djoser, pharaoh, king, Imhotep, chief, works, architect, first, funerary, Hed-Seb, Jubilee, canonical, shrines, desert, sand, colonnade, limestone, stones, bricks, levels, steps, mastaba, style, north, entrance, face, south, tomb, Uraeus, frieze, court, altars, mortuary, temple, 1995, 645, slide, film, transparency, Bronica, ETRSi, scanned, scan
Step Pyramid Saqqara EG9499jhp 
 Saqqara Entrance Fluted Engaged Limestone Columns Enclosure Step Pyramid courtyard complex of King Djoser at Saqqara dating from around 2500BC to the south of Cairo and near the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis is through these fluted engaged columns creating a delicate colonnade from the entrance gate to the huge courtyard facing the south face of the oldest stone monument in the world. 
 Keywords: Egypt, Egyptian, Saqqarah, Saqqara, Bedrashein, necropolis, history, antiquity, Egyptology, archaeology, ancient, history, upright, landscape, royal, tombs, pyramid, Zoser, Djoser, pharaoh, king, Step Pyramid, monument, stone, first, funerary, Hed-Seb, Jubilee, canonical, shrines, desert, sand, colonnade, ribbed, engaged, rushes, reeds, stems, pented, limestone, 1994, 645, slide, film, transparency, Bronica, ETRSi, afternoon, late
Step Pyramid Saqqara EG9497jhp 
 Saqqara Step Pyramid afternoon light Entrance Fluted Engaged Limestone Columns Enclosure complex of King Djoser at Saqqara dating from around 2500BC to the south of Cairo and near the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis is through these fluted engaged columns creating a delicate colonnade from the entrance gate to the huge courtyard facing the south face of the oldest stone monument in the world. 
 Keywords: Egypt, Egyptian, Saqqarah, Saqqara, Bedrashein, necropolis, history, antiquity, Egyptology, archaeology, ancient, history, landscape, royal, tombs, pyramid, Zoser, Djoser, pharaoh, king, Step Pyramid, monument, stone, first, funerary, Hed-Seb, Jubilee, canonical, shrines, desert, sand, colonnade, ribbed, engaged, rushes, reeds, stems, pented, limestone, 1994, 645, slide, film, transparency, Bronica, ETRSi, afternoon, late
Saqqara Date Palms EG02AA109jhp 
 Egypt Saqqara farmland field dates palm trees green crops plantation gives a very good idea of the reason for the location of this huge sprawling necropolis built along the desert escarpment well above the inundation zone of the River Nile. The fertile land supported the communities that built and later serviced these cult areas where the Valley Temple for instance would be the receiving place for offerings in memory of a particular Pharaoh after he became a God. The modern world needs food and these fertile areas still border the road from Cairo to Saqqara offering Egypt a substantial export business from dates to potatoes. 
 Keywords: Egypt, Egyptian, Cairo, Saqqarah, Saqqara, Memphis, Bedrashein, landscape, digital, recent, modern, roadside, palm, trees, fields, grass, agriculture, vegetables, fertile, farming, date-palms, plantation, crops, green
Saqqara Date Palms EG02AA108jhp 
 Saqqarah roadside Egyptian farming dates palms trees green crops plantation gives a very good idea of the reason for the location of this huge sprawling necropolis built along the desert escarpment well above the inundation zone of the River Nile. The fertile land supported the communities that built and later serviced these cult areas where the Valley Temple for instance would be the receiving place for offerings in memory of a particular Pharaoh after he became a God. The modern world needs food and these fertile areas still border the road from Cairo to Saqqara offering Egypt a substantial export business from dates to potatoes. 
 Keywords: Egypt, Egyptian, Cairo, Saqqarah, Saqqara, Memphis, Bedrashein, upright, digital, recent, modern, roadside, palm, trees, fields, grass, agriculture, vegetables, fertile, farming, date-palms, plantation, crops, green
Saqqara Date Palms EG02AA107jhp 
 Egypt Sakkara Cairo road farming date palms grass green crops plantation gives a very good idea of the reason for the location of this huge sprawling necropolis built along the desert escarpment well above the inundation zone of the River Nile. The fertile land supported the communities that built and later serviced these cult areas where the Valley Temple for instance would be the receiving place for offerings in memory of a particular Pharaoh after he became a God. The modern world needs food and these fertile areas still border the road from Cairo to Saqqara offering Egypt a substantial export business from dates to potatoes. 
 Keywords: Egypt, Egyptian, Cairo, Saqqarah, Saqqara, Memphis, Bedrashein, landscape, digital, recent, modern, roadside, palm, trees, fields, grass, agriculture, vegetables, fertile, farming, date-palms, plantation, crops, green
Saqqara Date Palms EG02AA106jhp 
 Egypt Saqqarah farmland lush date palms fertile green crops plantation gives a very good idea of the reason for the location of this huge sprawling necropolis built along the desert escarpment well above the inundation zone of the River Nile. The fertile land supported the communities that built and later serviced these cult areas where the Valley Temple for instance would be the receiving place for offerings in memory of a particular Pharaoh after he became a God. The modern world needs food and these fertile areas still border the road from Cairo to Saqqara offering Egypt a substantial export business from dates to potatoes. 
 Keywords: Egypt, Egyptian, Cairo, Saqqarah, Saqqara, Memphis, Bedrashein, upright, digital, recent, modern, roadside, palm, trees, fields, grass, agriculture, vegetables, fertile, farming, date-palms, plantation, crops, green, lush
Saqqara Date Palms EG02AA105jhp 
 Egypt Saqqara agriculture date palms fertile green crops plantation field gives a very good idea of the reason for the location of this huge sprawling necropolis built along the desert escarpment well above the inundation zone of the River Nile. The fertile land supported the communities that built and later serviced these cult areas where the Valley Temple for instance would be the receiving place for offerings in memory of a particular Pharaoh after he became a God. The modern world needs food and these fertile areas still border the road from Cairo to Saqqara offering Egypt a substantial export business from dates to potatoes. 
 Keywords: Egypt, Egyptian, Cairo, Saqqarah, Saqqara, Memphis, Bedrashein, landscape, digital, recent, modern, roadside, palm, trees, fields, grass, agriculture, vegetables, fertile, farming, date-palms, plantation, crops, green, lush
Saqqara Tomb EG02AA91jhp 
 Saqqara Unas carvings reliefs ancient Egyptian mastaba sunken hieroglyphics buried that remain alongside the restored causeway from the Pyramid of Unas near the Step Pyramid and which slopes down to the Valley Temple first seen as visitors arrive at this major complex near Memphis. Recent archaeological work has discovered tombs underneath the causeway such as that of the Two Brothers while many other undiscovered or partially excavated ones lie alongside the causeway as do boat pits but there are also some sunken half buried tomb entrances such as this. A photo from 2011 on the Internet shows that is has been cleared now for safe access but I cannot determine who it was for. 
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Khenu Mastaba Lintel EG02AA88jhp 
 Saqqara Ancient Egyptian mastaba Khenu lintel Unas cartouche hieroglyphs is located by the causeway and near Pyramid of Unas on the southwest corner near the Step Pyramid and associated with what was the smallest of the pyramids built belonged to Unas, the last King of the 5th Dynasty around 2345BC. There are several other mastabas near the causeway and behind this small one is a large one dedicated to the Queen’s of Unas Khenut and Nebet. Khenu was the son of Nefer, the Inspector of artisans and singers. I could find little information about Khenu and in several reference books/guide books his mastaba is not mentioned. I understand he had two sons called Ihy and Simoenas, one of which appears in the carvings and his mastaba has an excellent example of a false door. There are several cartouches for the King Unas indicating that Khenu and his father served during this period. 
 Keywords: Egypt, Egyptian, Saqqarah, Saqqara, Sakkara, Memphis, Bedrashein, necropolis, landscape, Unas, Unis, Wenis, texts, pyramid, causeway, mastaba, tomb, Khenu, carvings, lintel, hieroglyphs, hieroglyphics, cartouche, false, door, offering, scenes, Nefer, son, Ihy, Simoenas, Queens, Khenut, Nebet, history, antiquity, Egyptology, archaeology, ancient, history, carved, columns, open, sunny
Khenu Mastaba False Door EG02AA87jhp 
 Saqqarah Ancient Egyptian mastaba Khenu tomb son Nefer false door is located by the causeway and near Pyramid of Unas on the southwest corner near the Step Pyramid and associated with what was the smallest of the pyramids built belonged to Unas, the last King of the 5th Dynasty around 2345BC. There are several other mastabas near the causeway and behind this small one is a large one dedicated to the Queen’s of Unas Khenut and Nebet. Khenu was the son of Nefer, the Inspector of artisans and singers. I could find little information about Khenu and in several reference books/guide books his mastaba is not mentioned. I understand he had two sons called Ihy and Simoenas, one of which appears in the carvings and his mastaba has an excellent example of a false door which is behind this more inferior one. There are several cartouches for the King Unas indicating that Khenu and his father served during this period. 
 Keywords: Egypt, Egyptian, Saqqarah, Saqqara, Sakkara, Memphis, Bedrashein, necropolis, upright, Unas, Unis, Wenis, texts, pyramid, causeway, mastaba, tomb, Khenu, carvings, hieroglyphs, hieroglyphics, cartouche, false, door, offering, scenes, Nefer, son, Ihy, Simoenas, Queens, Khenut, Nebet, history, antiquity, Egyptology, archaeology, ancient, history, carved, columns, open, sunny
Khenu Mastaba False Door EG02AA86jhp 
 Saqqara Ancient Egypt mastaba Khenu false door plaque offering hieroglyphs is located by the causeway and near Pyramid of Unas on the southwest corner near the Step Pyramid and associated with what was the smallest of the pyramids built belonged to Unas, the last King of the 5th Dynasty around 2345BC. There are several other mastabas near the causeway and behind this small one is a large one dedicated to the Queen’s of Unas Khenut and Nebet. Khenu was the son of Nefer, the Inspector of artisans and singers. I could find little information about Khenu and in several reference books/guide books his mastaba is not mentioned. I understand he had two sons called Ihy and Simoenas, one of which appears in the carvings and his mastaba has an excellent example of a false door. There are several cartouches for the King Unas indicating that Khenu and his father served during this period. 
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Khenu Mastaba False Door EG02AA85jhp 
 Sakkara Ancient Egyptian mastaba Khenu false door hieroglyphs Unas reign is located by the causeway and near Pyramid of Unas on the southwest corner near the Step Pyramid and associated with what was the smallest of the pyramids built belonged to Unas, the last King of the 5th Dynasty around 2345BC. There are several other mastabas near the causeway and behind this small one is a large one dedicated to the Queen’s of Unas Khenut and Nebet. Khenu was the son of Nefer, the Inspector of artisans and singers. I could find little information about Khenu and in several reference books/guide books his mastaba is not mentioned. I understand he had two sons called Ihy and Simoenas, one of which appears in the carvings and his mastaba has an excellent example of a false door. There are several cartouches for the King Unas indicating that Khenu and his father served during this period. 
 Keywords: Egypt, Egyptian, Saqqarah, Saqqara, Sakkara, Memphis, Bedrashein, necropolis, upright, Unas, Unis, Wenis, texts, pyramid, causeway, mastaba, tomb, Khenu, carvings, hieroglyphs, hieroglyphics, cartouche, false, door, offering, scenes, Nefer, son, Ihy, Simoenas, Queens, Khenut, Nebet, history, antiquity, Egyptology, archaeology, ancient, history, carved, columns, open, sunny
Khenu Mastaba Carvings EG02AA89jhp 
 Saqqarah Ancient Egypt mastaba Khenu son offering table scene hieroglyphics is located by the causeway and near Pyramid of Unas on the southwest corner near the Step Pyramid and associated with what was the smallest of the pyramids built belonged to Unas, the last King of the 5th Dynasty around 2345BC. There are several other mastabas near the causeway and behind this small one is a large one dedicated to the Queen’s of Unas Khenut and Nebet. Khenu was the son of Nefer, the Inspector of artisans and singers. I could find little information about Khenu and in several reference books/guide books his mastaba is not mentioned. I understand he had two sons called Ihy and Simoenas, one of which appears in the carvings and his mastaba has an excellent example of a false door. There are several cartouches for the King Unas indicating that Khenu and his father served during this period. 
 Keywords: Egypt, Egyptian, Saqqarah, Saqqara, Sakkara, Memphis, Bedrashein, necropolis, landscape, Unas, Unis, Wenis, texts, pyramid, causeway, mastaba, tomb, Khenu, sons, wall, reliefs, carvings, hieroglyphs, hieroglyphics, cartouche, false, door, offering, table, scenes, Nefer, son, Ihy, Simoenas, Queens, Khenut, Nebet, history, antiquity, Egyptology, archaeology, ancient, history, carved, columns, open, sunny
Khenu Mastaba Carvings EG02AA84jhp 
 Saqqara Egypt mastaba Khenu son Nefer Unas cartouche hieroglyphs carvings is located by the causeway and near Pyramid of Unas on the southwest corner near the Step Pyramid and associated with what was the smallest of the pyramids built belonged to Unas, the last King of the 5th Dynasty around 2345BC. There are several other mastabas near the causeway and behind this small one is a large one dedicated to the Queen’s of Unas Khenut and Nebet. Khenu was the son of Nefer, the Inspector of artisans and singers. I could find little information about Khenu and in several reference books/guide books his mastaba is not mentioned. I understand he had two sons called Ihy and Simoenas, one of which appears in the carvings and his mastaba has an excellent example of a false door. There are several cartouches for the King Unas indicating that Khenu and his father served during this period. 
 Keywords: Egypt, Egyptian, Saqqarah, Saqqara, Sakkara, Memphis, Bedrashein, necropolis, landscape, Unas, Unis, Wenis, texts, pyramid, causeway, mastaba, tomb, Khenu, carvings, hieroglyphs, hieroglyphics, cartouche, false, door, offering, scenes, Nefer, son, Ihy, Simoenas, Queens, Khenut, Nebet, history, antiquity, Egyptology, archaeology, ancient, history, carved, columns, open, sunny
Khenu Mastaba Carvings EG02AA83jhp 
 Saqqarah Egypt mastaba Khenu son wall reliefs Unas cartouche hieroglyphs is located by the causeway and near Pyramid of Unas on the southwest corner near the Step Pyramid and associated with what was the smallest of the pyramids built belonged to Unas, the last King of the 5th Dynasty around 2345BC. There are several other mastabas near the causeway and behind this small one is a large one dedicated to the Queen’s of Unas Khenut and Nebet. Khenu was the son of Nefer, the Inspector of artisans and singers. I could find little information about Khenu and in several reference books/guide books his mastaba is not mentioned. I understand he had two sons called Ihy and Simoenas, one of which appears in the carvings and his mastaba has an excellent example of a false door. There are several cartouches for the King Unas indicating that Khenu and his father served during this period. 
 Keywords: Egypt, Egyptian, Saqqarah, Saqqara, Sakkara, Memphis, Bedrashein, necropolis, landscape, exterior, Unas, Unis, Wenis, texts, pyramid, causeway, mastaba, tomb, Khenu, wall, deceased, carvings, hieroglyphs, hieroglyphics, cartouche, false, door, offering, scenes, Nefer, son, Ihy, Simoenas, Queens, Khenut, Nebet, history, antiquity, Egyptology, archaeology, ancient, history, carved, columns, open, sunny
Khenu Mastaba Carvings EG02AA81jhp 
 Saqqara Ancient Egyptian mastaba Khenu Unas cartouche hieroglyphics carvings clear is located by the causeway and near Pyramid of Unas on the southwest corner near the Step Pyramid and associated with what was the smallest of the pyramids built belonged to Unas, the last King of the 5th Dynasty around 2345BC. There are several other mastabas near the causeway and behind this small one is a large one dedicated to the Queen’s of Unas Khenut and Nebet. Khenu was the son of Nefer, the Inspector of artisans and singers. I could find little information about Khenu and in several reference books/guide books his mastaba is not mentioned. I understand he had two sons called Ihy and Simoenas, one of which appears in the carvings and his mastaba has an excellent example of a false door. There are several cartouches for the King Unas indicating that Khenu and his father served during this period. 
 Keywords: Egypt, Egyptian, Saqqarah, Saqqara, Sakkara, Memphis, Bedrashein, necropolis, upright, Unas, Unis, Wenis, texts, pyramid, causeway, mastaba, tomb, Khenu, carvings, hieroglyphs, hieroglyphics, cartouche, symbols, writing, language, nefer, feather, script, history, antiquity, Egyptology, archaeology, ancient, history, carved, columns, open, sunny
Khenu Mastaba Carvings EG02AA80jhp 
 Saqqara Egyptian mastaba Khenu Exterior column hieroglyphics carvings reliefs sunny is located by the causeway and near Pyramid of Unas on the southwest corner near the Step Pyramid and associated with what was the smallest of the pyramids built belonged to Unas, the last King of the 5th Dynasty around 2345BC. There are several other mastabas near the causeway and behind this small one is a large one dedicated to the Queen’s of Unas Khenut and Nebet. Khenu was the son of Nefer, the Inspector of artisans and singers. I could find little information about Khenu and in several reference books/guide books his mastaba is not mentioned. I understand he had two sons called Ihy and Simoenas, one of which appears in the carvings and his mastaba has an excellent example of a false door. There are several cartouches for the King Unas indicating that Khenu and his father served during this period. 
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