Pyramid of Pepi II

Cairo Outskirts & the Nile Delta

This pyramid was built by Pepi II (2278–2184 BC) whose 94-year reign at the end of the 6th dynasty was probably the longest in Egyptian history. Despite Pepi’s longevity, his 52m-high pyramid was of the same modest proportions as those of his predecessor, Pepi I. The exterior is little more than a mound of rubble, but the interior is decorated with more passages from the Pyramid Texts.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Cairo Outskirts & the Nile Delta attractions

1. South Saqqara

0.07 MILES

South Saqqara is home to several Old Kingdom tombs, pyramids and mounds of rubble, interesting to the more dedicated pyramid fans.

2. Mastaba of Al Faraun

0.14 MILES

Also called the Pharaoh's Bench, this unusual funerary complex is the most remote site in South Saqqara. It belongs to the last 4th-dynasty pharaoh, the…

3. Pyramid of Merenre

0.72 MILES

Like the nearby Pyramid of Pepi I, this pyramid is basically a slumping, collapsing pile of rock. Excavations of the pyramid's burial chamber revealed a…

4. Pyramid of Djedkare

0.86 MILES

Known as the ‘Pyramid of the Sentinel’, the 25m-high Djedkare pyramid contains the remains of the last ruler of the 5th dynasty, and can be entered from…

5. Pyramid of Pepi I

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This pyramid is little more than a slowly collapsing pile of rock, though it is significant as ‘Memphis’ appears in one of its names. Originally, a large…

6. Imhotep Museum

1.27 MILES

In the complex at the entrance to the Saqqara site is this beautiful collection of some of the best finds from Saqqara, and one of the finest small…

7. Pyramid of Sekhemkhet

1.77 MILES

Closed to the public because of its dangerous condition, the unfinished pyramid of Zoser’s successor Sekhemkhet (2648–2640 BC) is a short distance west of…

8. Tomb of Horemheb

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Originally designated as the final resting place of General Horemheb, this tomb became irrelevant in 1323 BC when its intended occupant seized power from…