Memphis and Saqqara

The cities of Memphis and Saqqara were the last stops on our trip to Egypt. We didn’t really spend much time at either site, so I’m combing the two into one entry.

There wasn’t much to see in Memphis other than a small sphinx statue and a gigantic (fallen) statue of Ramses II. I think the only reason we actually went to Memphis was the fact that it was the capital city of Egypt when Abraham and Sarah made their trip down south. This is where Abraham lied about his relationship with Sarah to the Pharaoh. Interesting story, not a very interesting place these days, though. Ironically, there are no huge pyramids in Memphis, Egypt, unlike Memphis, Tennessee, which has that obnoxious Pyramid right on the Mississippi River.

The main feature in Saqqara was the Step Pyramid of Pharaoh Zoser, which was the first burial pyramid ever built. To quote my friend Jon, “It’s not a full blooded pyramid. It’s just a step-pyramid…”

Great Pyramids of Giza, Batman!


What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Egypt? Pyramids, anyone? Yeah, I’ve been there, done that. And it was amazing.

You can’t really tell from the pictures, but these massive structures are just on the edge of the city Giza, home to roughly 4 million people. The largest of the pyramids, the one behind the Sphinx in the picture, contains enough blocks to build a 10×1 ft. wall around the entire country of France. These pyramids are too gigantic for words to sufficiently describe. I could just imagine in the days before cars and pollution these man-made mountains would be able to be seen for miles around. Their enormity can’t be entirely grasped until you are standing at the bottom look up, left, and right.

Some interesting I found out about the pyramids:
-They were built by hired workers, not slaves; yet it is still believed by some that they were, in fact, built by aliens.
-They were constructed before the Egyptians even invented the wheel.
-Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and Jesus all saw the Great Pyramids.
-The inside of the Pyramid is hot, muggy, cramped, and smells like a football locker room in August.
-The kings that built the Pyramids also had smaller pyramids built for their 3 wives.

Strangely enough, the experience of seeing the Pyramids and the Sphinx isn’t great writing material. The pictures reveal just about as much as I personally experienced. But at least I can say I’ve been inside a Pyramid.