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  • 1. Great Sphinx

    Giza | Ruins

    Carved from the living rock of the pyramids plateau during the 4th Dynasty, the enigmatic limestone Sphinx is attached to Pharaoh Khafre's funerary...Read More

  • 2. Pyramid Plateau

    Giza | Ruins

    Three 4th-Dynasty pyramids dominate the skyline of the desert plateau to the southwest of Cairo. The largest is that of Pharaoh Khufu (Greek...Read More

  • 3. Step Pyramid

    Ruins

    The pyramid complex was built in the 3rd Dynasty (2649–2575 BC) for the pharaoh Djoser by his architect Imhotep, and it has been undergoing...Read More

  • 4. Abu Sir

    Ruins

    Abu Sir is the site of four pyramids—three of which are obvious, the fourth one less so—all dating to the 5th Dynasty (2465–2323 BC), as well...Read More

  • 5. Dahshur

    Ruins

    Named for the pinkish limestone of which it is made, the Red (North) Pyramid belonged to the 4th-Dynasty pharaoh Sneferu (2575–2551 BC), father...Read More

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  • 6. Kom Aushim

    Museum/Gallery

    The Greco-Roman town site of Karanis is on the desert road on the way into the Fayyum, and it feels like a ghost town. It includes a temple...Read More

  • 7. Mastaba of Kagemni

    Ruins

    This tomb adjoins the mastaba of Mereruka and is also well decorated. Presumably the artist or atelier responsible for decorating the mastabas...Read More

  • 8. Mastaba of Mereruka

    Ruins

    Shared by Mereruka's son and his wife, this is the largest mastaba tomb in Saqqara. It dates to the 6th Dynasty (2323–2150 BC) and shows some...Read More

  • 9. Mastaba of Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep

    Ruins

    This tomb is considered one of the "new tombs" that have been excavated in Saqqara since the late 1990s and shares a separate admission with...Read More

  • 10. Mastaba of Ti

    Ruins

    This tomb is architecturally different from the mastabas of Mereruka and Kagemni in that it has a large courtyard that contains a stairway leading...Read More

  • 11. Memphis

    Museum/Gallery

    Little is visible of the grandeur of ancient Memphis, save for what is found in the museum and some excavated areas (not open to the public...Read More

  • 12. Pyramid of Teti

    Ruins

    This pyramid measures 257 feet square and originally rose to 172 feet. Recognizing this as a pyramid is quite difficult, because the casing...Read More

  • 13. Pyramid of Unas

    Ruins

    The last pyramid built in the 5th Dynasty was the first to contain a burial chamber decorated with the pyramid texts, a set of spells to ensure...Read More

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  • 14. Serapeum

    Ruins

    This is site of the burials of the Apis Bulls. The Apis was a bull that was regarded as a manifestation of Ptah, a creator god. During its lifetime...Read More

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