Pyramid of Unas

Pyramid of Unas, Saqqara

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KarenAzinger
Portland89 contributions
Excellent Indiana Jones-ing with golden tomb script
Feb 2020
Most people visit Saqqara to see the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser, and rightfully so, but while you are there, don't miss out on the Pyramid of Unas. From the outside, this looks like a tumbledown eroded old pyramid, but don't let the outside fool you. This is a pyramid you need to see from the inside. So get your Indiana Jones on and descend the ramp into the heart of the pyramid. You've got to bend over and crouch your way down but it is worth it. The chambers at the bottom are the first to be covered in pyramid text, the earliest version of the Book of the Dead. And the burnished sandstone glows golden in the dim light. This pyramid was a delightful and fun surprise. Don't miss out on the chance to explore the inside of this pyramid!
Written 19 March 2020
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DEK_29
Brisbane, Australia1,087 contributions
The lesser visited Pyramid of Unas
Jan 2020
Unas's pyramid is one of those that most people do not visit especially with all the other sites to visit at Saqqara. Often dismissed as an insignificant pile of rubble, this pyramid of a fifth dynasty pharaoh marks a turning point in pyramid construction.

Unas's reigned for about thirty years and his pyramid was one of the smallest built during the Old Kingdom. The Pyramid Texts, were the central innovation of Unas's pyramid alhough they first written the pyramid, many are significantly older. These texts were written within most of the pyramids that were built after the reign of Unas. Later these texts were applied to coffins (coffin texts) and finally to papyrus.

Well worth a look to see the Pyramid Texts in their early form.
Written 10 February 2020
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Vincent R.
Amersfoort, The Netherlands522 contributions
Pyramid of Unas will beautifull paintings
Oct 2019
Of course, when visiting Egypt, you must see the piramids. The piramids are special each on their own, so take time to see the most important ones. In and around Unas, you can finds some beautifull paintings.
Written 28 December 2019
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Siva Kota
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates150 contributions
Damaged Pyramid with Nice inside scripts
Nov 2019
Its a damaged pyramid of King Unas more or less looks like a heap of sand and stones. Quite close to Step pyramids and Serapium in Saqqara area.

Ususally they don't allow you inside but you can talk to local caretakers for the same. Inside when you enter via a tunnel, you will reach the chamber to see a sarcophagus and nice hieroglyphic scripts on wall. Beside this there is an additional chamber (witness the reverbartion within)
Written 25 November 2019
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RobertFGCarter
Fareham, UK1,368 contributions
Remarkable
Oct 2019
Made of mud brick, so hasn't stood up to the test of time as well as the stone monuments, but still fascinating.
Written 21 November 2019
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Steve R
Temecula, CA2,120 contributions
Not much from the outside but magical inside!
Oct 2019
From the outside, you would not guess it was a pyramid. The inside though is fantastic with a lot of original paint still on the walls. Claustrophobic people my not like going down underground. It is very small passage ways that open in rooms.
Written 20 October 2019
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WillemB56
Volendam, The Netherlands138 contributions
Good alternative for Cheops
Mar 2019 • Friends
If you want to see the inside of a pyramid, i would suggest to go to sakkara and see the pyramid of unas inside. I am above 60 years old but I had no trouble entering. And the room with the sarcofage is very nice with hieroglyfs. No smell, not moist. Not crowded.
Written 1 April 2019
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Alice R
Hobart, Australia8,092 contributions
Turn off the light
Jan 2019 • Friends
Some carvings can only be seen with the lights off once in the burial chamber, so ask the guide to do so - a small tip should suffice. The hieroglyphs here form part of Pyramid Texts so it's worth visiting if you're here.
Written 25 March 2019
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westy54
Sydney, Australia6,776 contributions
The Pyramid looks just like a pile of rubble amongst many other piles of rubble but the tomb is beautiful.
Oct 2018 • Couples
This pyramid was built in the 24th century BC for the Egyptian pharaoh Unas, the final king of the Fifth Dynasty, and was one of the smallest Old Kingdom pyramids. Whilst it was also built in six steps, similar to the Step pyramid of Djoser, it is believed to have only stood just over 40 metres tall. It is now largely just a pile of rubble, the consequence of centuries of erosion adversely impacting upon the materials used and deliberate dismantling of those materials to be used in the construction of other tombs.

Our guide recommended that we go down into the tomb, in fact she suggested that we do this in lieu of going inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, as it was far more beautifully decorated and not as vigorous a climb. She was right on both counts but we still went inside the Pyramid of Cheops which was an absolute highlight not to be missed.

The interior of this pyramid, which was first opened in 1881, is now accessed by a relatively gently sloping downward ramp, nowhere near as long as some we encountered in the Valley of the Kings and Queens. Inside the chamber the walls were covered with 283 repeating inscriptions known as the "Pyramid Texts", the oldest known Egyptian religious hieroglyphs which sought to detail and guide the journey of the King to life after death. These same inscriptions have subsequently been found in many other tombs but it is thought that this is the first place where they were recorded.

Both the internal walls and the ceilings were beautifully decorated, the latter being painted blue with gold stars to resemble the night.

Unfortunately no photos were allowed unless you paid the guard who was inside the tomb, which our guide had requested that we not do.

Well worth a look if in Saqqara.
Written 21 February 2019
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David B L
Los Angeles, CA8,326 contributions
The Pyramid of Unas - inside of Saqqara
Oct 2018 • Couples
We enjoyed our visit to the Pyramid of Unas - inside of the Saqqara archaeological area.
It’s reached by driving only 30-45 minutes south of the 3 Pyramids of Giza. You’ll drive by, and should also visit the Imhotep Museum. Plan on a dedicated 1/2 day of awe & learning Egyptian pharaonic history. Unas’s Pyramid looks like a pile of stones exteriorly, but inside it’s jewel. Nice easy wide descending stairway leads to the Tomb room / sarcophagus & fantastic hieroglyphs on all walls, including the Pyramid Text. Nearby is the Step Pyramid & many other antiquities. Enjoy!
Written 3 February 2019
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