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Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
318757
names
Step Pyramid of Djoser
coordinates
29.871267° N, 31.216294° E
styles/periods
address
North Saqqara, Egypt

Essays on the Step Pyramid of Djoser

  • Overview

    by Holly Hayes
    October 27, 2011

    Djoser's pyramid was a revolutionary design. Previously, pharaohs were buried in rectangular mastabas (like that of Mereruka nearby). Imhotep created a pyramid by stacking six mastabas on top of each other. This design would later evolve into the smooth-sided pyramids seen at Giza and elsewhere. When it was first completed and covered in smooth limestone, the Step Pyramid had a height of 62m and a base area of 140m by 118m. Special permission is needed from the site's Antiquities Inspectorate to access the interior. One wall has a frieze of cobras. continue reading →

Blog Posts on the Step Pyramid of Djoser

Article Info

Submitted by
Holly Hayes
Published
October 8, 2013
Last updated
July 11, 2014

Historic Places Near the Step Pyramid of Djoser

Historic Lodging Near the Step Pyramid of Djoser