The Restored Version of Egypt's Oldest and Largest Pyramid
Thu, October 21, 2021

The Restored Version of Egypt's Oldest and Largest Pyramid


Constructed more than 4,700 years ago, the Pyramid of Djoser is considered the oldest pyramid and the oldest large-scale cut stone structure to have ever been built by humans. It was built for Pharaoh Djoser, one of the Third Dynasty kings that ruled over ancient Egypt, in the heart of the Pyramid of Djoser. The construction of this burial complex was extremely important for ancient Egyptians. Thus, they built the pyramid in the king’s honor.


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The Pyramid of Djoser, also known as the Step Pyramid, was meant to be the centerpiece of the Saqqara burial complex. It features a six-stack terrace of steps over the structure's burial shaft tomb which was made 92 feet deep and 23 feet wide. The pyramid was also decorated with a myriad of ceremonial structures, halls, and courts. The site was so well-built that it was made a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 


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But, unlike other ancient Egyptian sites, the Pyramid of Djoser also needs to be restored. Thus, in 2006, the pyramid underwent a massive restoration project, which costs $6.6 million. Recently, the site was once again opened for the public after a decade-long restoration. According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, the project aims to rehabilitate the integrity of the pyramid structure. This included restoration work to both its exterior and interior to prevent the deteriorating walls from collapsing.


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"We completed the restoration... of the first and oldest pyramid in Egypt, that of King Djoser, the founder of the Old Kingdom. We are in awe as to how he was able to create this structure, which has remained standing for 4,700 years,” Egyptian Antiquities and Tourism Minister Khaled El-Enany said.




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