Hyderabad: Egypt has reopened to tourists the 4,700-year-old southern tomb of King Djoser at the pyramid of Saqqara after 15 years, following extensive renovation of the site, as per reports by news agencies.
The structure, as the name Southern Tomb suggests lies south of Cairo near the Third Dynasty pharoah’s famous Step Pyramid, Egypt’s earliest large-scale stone structure, which itself was closed for restoration until March 2020.
Djoser, also known by his Hellenised names Tosorthros and Sesorthos, was an ancient Egyptian pharaoh of the Third Dynasty during the Old Kingdom and the founder of this epoch.
The tomb, which was built between 2667 BC and 2648 BC, is thought to have been built for symbolic reasons, or perhaps to hold Djoser’s internal organs, according to Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.
Egypt is keen to reinvigorate tourism following the coronavirus pandemic and has unveiled a series of new discoveries and a new museum in recent months.