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Step Pyramid of Saqqara, Cairo

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Contact: +20 2 285 4509(Tourist Information)
Open Hours: Daily 8a-5p
This landmark in the Saqqara necropolis was a turning point in Egyptian burial practices. Up until Imhotep designed this pyramid, comprised of six stacked mastabas of decreasing size, pharaohs were entombed in singular mastabas, flat-roofed rectangular brick structures. This step pyramid served as the predecessor for such smooth-sided structures as the Great Pyramids of Giza. With special permission, guests can explore the funerary complex surrounding the pyramid, including the hypostyle hall and Great South Court, parts of which have been restored.