- Type: Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Sandwiched between Giza and Dahshur in southern Cairo, this palm-tree-encompassed archaeological site houses the Step Pyramid of Djoser, Egypt's oldest stone pyramid. The Step Pyramid dates back to the 3rd Dynasty (2649 to 2575 B.C.) and was constructed for the pharaoh Djoser by now infamous architect Imhotep. Originally built as a tomb, the Step Pyramid has drawn tourists for millennia, as evinced by the graffiti adorning its walls. According to one TripAdvisor user, "If you're interested in history then this cannot be missed."
While the Step Pyramid is a definite must-see, Saqqara is home to several other worthwhile sites, including a number of tombs and a few crumbling pyramids. Recent visitors recommend exploring Saqqara on foot just like the ancient Egyptians would have done. Some travelers also advise hiring a guide to explain the history behind each site. And if you're already making the trek, many travelers recommend suggest stopping by the ruins of Memphis as well.
To reach Saqqara, you can take a taxi from central Cairo. For more information on transportation, visit our guide to Getting Around Cairo. The site welcomes visitors every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to Saqqara—which includes entry to the Step Pyramid—costs 60 EGP ($10 USD). To learn more, visit the Egyptian Tourism Authority's website.