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Review of Pyramid of Unas

Pyramid of Unas
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Day Trip to Giza and Saqqara Pyramids from Sharm El-Sheikh
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Perfect pyramids day tour
Ranked #62 of 324 things to do in Cairo
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

The Pyramid Complex of Unas is located in the pyramid field at Saqqara, near Cairo in Egypt.

The pyramid of Unas of the Fifth Dynasty (originally known as Beautiful are the places of Unas) is now ruined, and looks more like a small hill than a royal pyramid.

It was investigated by Perring and then Lepsius, but it was Gaston Maspero who first gained entry to the chambers in 1881, where he found texts covering the walls of the burial chambers. These together with others found in nearby pyramids of successive pharaohs are now known as the Pyramid Texts. He was the first pharaoh to include this, and he created the concept of having a number of magic spells inscribed on the walls of his tomb, intended to assist with the pharaoh's journey through the Duat and into the afterlife. This concept was thought to be so successful by other pharaohs that it soon evolved into the Coffin Texts in the Middle Kingdom, and then into the Book of the Dead from the beginning of the New Kingdom until the end of the Ptolemaic Period, when new texts began appearing.

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Reviewed 24 March 2012

The pyramid is still closed for the public, though I have heard, that with special permission (+ lots of money!) it is possible to enter.
Some restorations have been done, so walking on the causeway and from the southern Saqqara (very new tombs) the view is great! See photos!

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Reviewed 17 May 2009

The Pyramid of Unas is often neglected by tourists because it lies just to the south of the enclosure wall of the more famous Step Pyramid of Djoser. Unas was the last king of the 5th Dynasty and his burial chamber is covered with hieroglyphic carvings (so-called Pyramid Text) that later became the Book of the Dead. This is the first known incidence of this type of tomb decoration. The tomb is now closed to the public.

The Pyramid is crumbling, largely because the facing stone was removed for a building project, exposing the mud brick underneath. A mortuary temple in front of it is also in ruins, but the magnificent causeway that runs from Unas' Valley Temple to the Pyramid has been partially restored. Hundreds of tombs lie on either side of the causeway; many are open to the public. The causeway also has magnificent carvings depicting solar boats and processions for the deceased.

This pyramid is well worth a visit if you have the time.

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