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1. Zoser's step pyramid

2. Entrance and Hall

3. Mortuary temple

4. Meet Zoser

5. Heb-Sed Court

6. House of South

7. Pyramid of Unas

8. Causeway; boat pits

9. Valley Temple

10. Tomb of Horemheb

11. Saite & Persian tombs

12. Sekhemkhet pyramid

13. Teti pyramid

14. Entering the tomb

15. Mastabas

16. Mereruka

17. Ti

18. Kagemni

19. Akhti-Hotep and Ptah-Hotep

20. Pyramid of Userkaf

21. 1. & 3.Dynasty Tombs

22. Philsopher's Circle

23. Serapeum

South Saqqara

25. Pepi 2 pyramid

26. Faraoun mastaba

27. Pepi 1 pyramid

28. Djedkare pyramid

29. Merenre pyramid

30. Ibi pyramid


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Zoser. Entrance and Hypostyle Hall

The entrance to the funerary complex of Zoser at Saqqara, Egypt

The entrance to the funerary complex of Zoser. This was part of a wall that surrounded the entire area, more than 1,600 metres long.

The entrance to the funerary complex of Zoser at Saqqara, Egypt

While most of the complex around Zoser's step pyramid is gone, the part in the southeastern corner is in incredibly good condition.
The entrance to the corridor is quite impressive, with large blocks of shiny stone, creating a mirror effect in the doorway. The entrance was less unique in its original appearance, when the walls continued all around the pyramid and the other buildings. Its extent was an impressive 544 times 277 metres.
Inside from the outer walls, you will pass through the hypostyle hall with its 40 columns. Most pass through this quite swiftly, eager to take in the postcard angle of Zoser's pyramid. But you should note that this is the oldest surviving hypostyle hall in the world, anyone visiting the temples further south will be well acquainted with hypostyle halls.
The hypostyle hall of the funerary complex of Zoser at Saqqara, Egypt

The hypostyle hall with 40 columns. The oldest surviving of its kind.

By Tore Kjeilen