When you visit Egypt, the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx are must-sees, of course. However, unless you are seriously short on time, don’t spend all of your time at Giza, home of the most famous sites. Many of the tombs at Saqqara are even older than the pyramids at Giza. They are also far less crowded and equally interesting, especially if you are interested in Egyptian history.
Saqqara is the home of the very first pyramid, the Step Pyramid of Djoser. Unlike its more famous descendents, the Step Pyramid of Djoser is not smooth-sided but rather built to resemble a series of steps leading up into heaven. According to Gadling, a couple of gorgeous painted tombs have been discovered recently, along with the tomb of a royal scribe.
To visit Egypt and see Saqqara, American citizens are required to have an Egyptian visa. If you are entering by land, you should apply for your visa in advance and have it before you leave. If you are entering by plane, you should be able to apply for your visa when you land. However, you also have the option of applying in advance, and if you do, you’ll be able to leave the airport faster.
To apply for an Egyptian visa, the following documents are required:
- A valid US passport.
- A passport photo.
- Plane tickets or a copy of your itinerary
- A completed Egyptian visa application.
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