Pyramid of Teti at Saqqara

A smooth-sided Pyramid, Teti is located at Saqqara near Cairo Egypt. Dating back to what was known as the 6th Dynasty, it was one of the earliest original Pyramids built. 


Situated in a green belt area known as Saqqara and about 50 minutes from central Cairo, it also has stunning views across the desert plain towards the 3 Pyramids at giza with the Red Pyramid in View between them. 


Teti  is historically the second known Pyramid containing Pyramid texts. Excavations have revealed a satellite Pyramid, two Pyramids of Queens accompanied by cult structures, and a funerary Temple. The Pyramid was opened by Gaston Maspero in 1882 and the complex explored during several campaigns ranging from 1907 to 1965. It was originally called Teti's Places Are Enduring. The preservation above ground is very poor, and it now resembles a small hill. Below ground the chambers and corridors are very well preserved.
Located at Saqqara and excavated by Meriette in the 1850s, it has since been engulfed by sand and may be closed; in one of the funeral chambers ( accessible by a sloping shaft and low passageway), the star-patterned blocks of its vaulted roof have slipped inwards. Although most of the VI Dynasty kings who followed Teti chose to be buried at South Saqqara, several of their courtiers were interred in a ‘street of tombs’ beside his pyramid, which was linked to the Serapeum by an Avenue of Sphinxes ( now sanded over).
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