Step Pyramid of Djoser
The site that holds the oldest history of the pyramids in Egypt is where one will find the Stepped Pyramid of Djoser. It is recommended to visit this site before even anticipating a visit to the other one hundred and ten known pyramids in Egypt. It lies approximately thirty kilometers South of Cairo and a forty five minute drive from the Great Pyramids will take you there.
The Stepped Pyramid of Djoser is the oldest stone structure in the history of mankind, and was built as the burial tomb of late king Djoser (Zoser) more than four thousand six hundred years ago. He was one of the greatest kings of the third dynasty, which is no surprise when one stands in the shadows of his burial tomb. It was built by Imhotep, known as the inventor of the art of building. The structure stands about sixty meters high and consists of six steps.
This is also where the vast Sahara Desert begins and one is met by lush green palm and date trees that grow in the farm lands in the surrounding area. The pyramid itself is currently surrounding by scaffolding in an attempt to further preserve it, but the other parts of the complex, which includes tombs, a funerary complex and other pyramids, are open to the public. Some visitors would say that the scaffolding add to their education of how the Egyptians went about restoring their ancient monuments.
The Stepped Pyramid of Djoser can be described as essential in its way and a must for every traveler visiting Giza. It is recommended to use the services of a tour guide to understand the reason for the buildings as well as the extraordinary history that lies behind this amazing stone structure.
As mentioned in before, it stands in the area which is part of the Sahara desert, which means it becomes extremely hot during the summer. One should always wear a hat and carry water during the trip.