Memphis and Saqqara
Memphis and Saqqara are small towns today, but in ancient Egypt
they were great cities and seats of power, an identity still
traceable in the ruins and relics in each. Memphis is home to the
Temple of Ptah, which includes the Colossus of Ramses II, a 33 foot
(10m) statue near the entrance, and a small museum.
Only 1.8 miles (3km) away is the plateau of Saqqara, where
visitors will find a vast Saqqara Necropolis, containing many
cemetaries, pyramids, mastabas and private tombs, including the
Mastaba of Ti, the Pyramid of Teti I, and the Unas Causeway and
Pyramid of Unas. One of the most famous structures in Saqqara is
the Step Pyramid of Djoser, also known as the Step Tomb due to its
rectangular base. Saqqara is also home to the Imhotep Museum.
Memphis and Saqqara together make a popular excursion from
Cairo. There isn't much in the way of entertainment, dining, or
accommodation however, so most visitors take a day trip while
staying in the capital.
Opening Time: Saqqara Necropolis: Daily 8am-5pm
Admission: Saqqara Necropolis: LE60 adults, LE30