Hey, how’s everyone doing today on this super-duper Saturday?
I’m in a rather good mood, just chilling at the office.
With my pen & a pint of Guinness, bringing you all some fantastic Pyramids from the wonders of Ancient Egypt. I do hope thats ok, because its happening anyway.
Did you know that there’s up to 138 identified pyramids in Egypt? Lucky for us I’m not covering them all in this post today!
Most of these pyramids were built as tombs for the country’s pharaohs during the Old Kingdom period.
The earliest are found at Saqqara & are estimated to have been constructed from 2630 BC – 2611 BC. That was during the 3rd Dynasty & their considered to be the worlds oldest monumental structures, dressed with masonry. All very fascinating stuff huh? Yeah you know it is!
Now this might not be a pyramid but I just have to include it.
The Great Sphinx of Giza.
What a magnificent sight that is! The Sphinx is a limestone statue of a reclining mythical creature, with the body of a lion & the head of a human. It faces directly from West to East, standing on the Giza Plateau at the West bank of the Nile.
The face of the Sphinx represents the pharoah Khafre a king of the 4th Dynasty. Measuring an impressive 238 ft long, from paw to tail. 66.3 ft high, from base to top & 62.6 ft wide at its rear haunches. Set as though its there to protect the surrounding pyramids.
Its the oldest known monumental sculpture built by the Ancient Egyptians of the Old Kingdom & wow, is it impressive! Looking at that will make them sore eyes dance like a villain’s.
Ok lets travel to the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Also known as the pyramid of Khufu. Its the oldest & largest of the 3 pyramids in Giza & by far the oldest of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. Surprisingly its the only 1 to remain largely intact. Built as a tomb over a 20 year period, concluding around 2560 BC. This great pyramid is a staggering 481 ft & was the tallest man-made structure in the world more than 3,800 years ago. Smart cookies them Egyptians!
There’s 3 known chambers inside, the lowest is cut into the bedrock upon which it was built. Then there’s the Queens chamber above & the Kings higher up.
There’s also a full complex setting of buildings that include 2 mortuary temples in honour of Khufu. 1 close to the pyramid & 1 near the Nile. Then there’s 3 smaller pyramids for Khufu’s wives. (Lucky man) & even a smaller satellite pyramid raised by a causeway connecting the 2 temples.
Quite a resting place if you ask me. He must of been a very popular guy indeed, this pharoah Khufu.
Last but not least, we’re visiting the Pyramid of Saqqara.
A vast ancient burial ground, serving as the Necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. Featuring numerous pyramids including this 1, the world famous Step Pyramid of Djoser. Referred to as simply the Step Tomb, because of its rectangular base.
Located 30 km South of the modern day Cairo. Saqqara covers & area of around 7 by 1.5 km in lower Egypt. In total 17 Kings built pyramids at Saqqara & even after them, it remained an important complex for burial & Cult ceremonies, for more than 3,000 years. Well into Roman times.
There’s been some recent discoveries at Saqqara including, 8 million animal mummies, mostly dogs, as gifts from their owners to their gods. Very, very strange folk these Egyptian’s. But extremely interesting too!
With so many structures, Saqqara is a great pyramid complex to visit & there’s much more on offer, including The Valley of the Kings, but its impossible to cover in a single post. So get out there & see the wonder of Ancient Egypt yourself. I’m sure you won’t be dissapointed.
But for now my dear blogging friends its time for me to escape the continuing trauma this very long post has brought on my poor soul.
See you next time &…..
Take care Travellers 😜