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Saqqara Pyramids

pyramid of djedkare-isesi

Pyramid of king Djedkare-Isesi

Builder: King Djedkare-Isesi

Constructed: 2414–2375 BC

Height: 52 meters

Location: South Saqqara

Djedkare-Isesi ruled for more than 32 years during the fifth dynasty. Information about his father, and mother are not yet confirmed by historians, but he is believed to be a close relative to Menkauhor. King Djedkar moved about 3 and a half miles from Abusir to build the first pyramid in Saqqara, which was relatively a new ground except for a mastaba that belongs to Shepseskaf. [click to continue…]

pyramid of King Pepi ii

pyramid of King Pepi ii

Builder: King Pepi II

Constructed: 2278–2184 BC

Height: 52 meters

Location: South Saqqara

King Pepi II qualified to the throne at the age of six, after the death of King Merenre I, his reign period extended for 94 years, and is known to be the longest reign of any kingdom in history. [click to continue…]

Pyramid Of King Teti

Pyramid Of King Teti

Builder: King Teti.

Constructed: 2345–2333 BC.

Height: 52.5 meters.

Location: North Saqqara.

Teti is the first king of the 6th dynasty, the  length of his reign is believed to be 12 years. He had nine daughters from  different wives, he named them after his mother queen Sesheshet which made it  very easy to track his family. Teti chose a location at north Saqqara to build his pyramid;  it was built to the north of king Userkaf’s pyramid. The pyramid was built on a  relatively high ground; the core was built in steps using low quality  limestone, most of it collapsed later. The outer surface was made of smooth  white limestone; some of it is still preserved on the east side of the pyramid. [click to continue…]

Pyramid of king Pepi I

Pyramid of king Pepi I

Builder: King Pepi I

Constructed: 2332–2283 BC

Height: 12 meters

Location: South Saqqara

King Pepi I is the son of King Teti, he was the third king  of the 6th dynasty. To take his rightful throne, king Pepi I needed  support from powerful figures in Upper Egypt to put down his brother Userkare  who had killed his father. king Pepi I built his pyramid in Wadi Tafla at South  Saqqara, over time, The pyramid got ruined, and the height was  reduced to about 12 meters, with a large crater in the center dug by stone  robbers. [click to continue…]

Pyramid Of King Merenre

Pyramid Of King Merenre

Builder: King Merenre

Constructed: 2283-2278 BC

Height: 52.5 meters (ruined)

Location: South Saqqara

King Merene is the eldest son of king Pepi I, he is the  fourth king of the 6th dynasty, it was believed that king Merenre  died early after he took the throne, however, new archeologists suggest that  his reign lasted slightly over a decade. Like his father, King Merenre was  fascinated with Nubia (Upper Egypt), he continued the aggressive expansion in  Nubia and hired a governor there. [click to continue…]

Pyramid Of King Unas

Pyramid Of King Unas

Builder:King Unas

Constructed: 2356-2323 BC

Height: 18.5 meters

Location: Saqqara

King Unas is the last king of the 5th dynasty, he  ruled Egypt for about 30 years, and his pyramid is the smallest among all known  old kingdom pyramids. Unas pyramid is located at Saqqara to the southwest  corner of the step pyramid of king Djoser. [click to continue…]

Pyramid of king Userkaf

Pyramid of king Userkaf

Builder: King Userkaf

Constructed: 2465-2458 BC

Height: 49 meters

Location: Saqqara

King Userkaf founder of the 5th dynasty had a  short reign (under 10 years), he did not just returned to Saqqara complex, but  he also chose a location that is extremely near to the step pyramid of king  DJoser. Userkaf’s pyramid is located to the northeast of the step pyramid,  while king Unas, the last king of the 5th dynasty, built his pyramid  at the opposite southwest corner. [click to continue…]

The Step Pyramid

The Step Pyramid

Builder: King Djoser

Constructed: 2667–2648 BC

Height: 62 meters.

Location: Saqqara.

King Djoser (3rd Dynasty) ruled Egypt for 19  years, he is best known for his wonderful step pyramid which dominates the  landscape in Saqqara. King Djoser’s limestone statue can be seen in the  Egyptian museum in Cairo, and is considered to be the oldest known Egyptian  statue. The step pyramid is believed to be the first stone structure ever built,  and all the credit goes to one man, the  architect Imhotep. [click to continue…]