Egypt — Cairo (Pyramid of Djoser)

The Pyramid of Djoser is located in the Saqqara necropolis, northwest of the city of Memphis about 12 miles from Cairo. It was built for the burial of Pharaoh Djoser by his vizier Imhotep, during the 27th century BC. It is the central feature of a vast mortuary complex in an enormous courtyard surrounded by ceremonial structures and decoration. This first Egyptian pyramid consisted of six mastabas (of decreasing size) built atop one another to provide the deceased steps up to the afterlife. The pyramid originally stood 62 meters (203 ft.) tall, with a base of 109 × 125 m (358 × 410 ft.) and was clad in polished white limestone.

Photos taken December 2010 (Fuji FinePix S9000).

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