Pyramid of Unas, Saqqara

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The Pyramid Complex of Unas is located in the pyramid field at Saqqara, near Cairo in Egypt. It was built for pharaoh Unas, the ninth and final king of the Fifth Dynasty in the mid 24th century BC. Its ancient name, Nefer Isut Unas, means "Beautiful are the places of Unas". Originally reaching 43m high with a square base of 58x, the pyramid is now completely ruined.ExcavationsIt was investigated by Perring and then Lepsius, but it was Gaston Maspero who first gained entry to the chambers in 1881, where he found texts covering the walls of the burial chambers. These together with others found in nearby pyramids of successive pharaohs are now known as the Pyramid Texts. He was the first pharaoh to include this, and he created the concept of having a number of magic spells inscribed on the walls of his tomb, intended to assist with the pharaoh's journey through the Duat and into the afterlife. This concept was thought to be so successful by other pharaohs that it soon evolved into the Coffin Texts in the Middle Kingdom, and then into the Book of the Dead from the beginning of the New Kingdom until the end of the Ptolemaic Period, when new texts began appearing.
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  • We went from Cairo by taxi. No problem. For history buffs, it's a pretty good place. He was there twice in 2014-2015, 2019, while on a business trip
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  • If you want to see the inside of a pyramid, i would suggest to go to sakkara and see the pyramid of unas inside. I am above 60 years old but I had no trouble entering. And the room with the sarcofage ...  more »
  • One of the first pyramids that has hieroglyphic texts inside. All the walls of the burial chamber and its roof are decorated with different funerary spells. Structurally it is very deteriorated, but its narrow passageways and its burial chamber and sarcophagus are in good condition.
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  • First Pyramid with text in it. Amazing!
  • It looks more like a sand hill than a well-known pyramid. But, this pyramid is rare in that hieroglyphs are engraved inside. Not only the wall, but also the ceiling is filled with hieroglyphs. When that wall is lighted, shadow of king is emerged there. Just try to bring a flashlight and find it.
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  • It is extremely cool that you can enter this tomb and see the hieroglyphs and the area which the former Pharaoh would have laid. There are guides outside this Pyramid who will guide you through the Pyramid, just have a tip ready. It is unforgettable and unreal.
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