Saqqara is a part of ancient city in Egypt called Memphis. It is located at a distance of 15 miles from the important city of Cairo and is an important tourist attraction in the country. The place contains remains of the ancient civilization and the people who have a great interest in finding more about the lives of the people who lived here centuries ago, usually come to this place when they are sightseeing in Egypt. This place along with The Great Pyramids of Giza, Abu Sir and Dahshur were designated as World Heritage Site by UNESCO which means that these sites are considered an important symbol of ancient history and are under protection from some of the wealthiest countries in the world.
There are many ruins in Saqqara but the earliest ruins date back to the First Dynasty which was sometime around 3000BC. The site contains many mud tombs which have been found to belong to the royals and important people of the time. The cemetery also contains numerous other tombs from different time periods. The one to the south contains a Step Pyramid that belongs to a famous king of Third Dynasty called Djoser.
There are tombs for kings from Fourth and Fifth Dynasty as well in the place. Each tomb tells a different story; like it has been found that it were the kings of Fifth Dynasty who started the practice of inscribing texts on the walls of their tombs to protect them from any danger. This tradition continued long afterwards. While the kings were buried in pyramids or tombs their nobles were buried alongside in special structures called mastabas. The cemetery not only contains tombs from ancient days but there are tombs from the Middle Kingdom and New Kingdom as well.
If you are planning to take a trip to Egypt then don’t forget to take a day out to visit this incredible place Saqqara which is the final resting place for many kings and nobles. You can even explore their pyramids and see interesting scribbles on the walls of their tombs. This can be a great place to visit for people who love exploring ancient sites or hold interest in the history of early civilizations.