Pyramid Complex
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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