After years and years of restoration work, Egypt’s oldest pyramid has opened its doors to the public. The Djoser public was by King Djoser, the third dynasty of the ancient kings of Egypt by his minister Imhotep, a prominent and wisely member of his court. The pyramid had been closed down for renovations in 2004 and has just been completed after hitting many speed bumps due to the political turmoil that had led to the downfall of Hosni Mubarak during the early years of this decade.
“As part of the restoration of the ancient site, collapsed ceiling blocks were restored, along with a burial chamber and corridors. Rubble was also removed from the buildingrevealing a 176-ton granite sarcophagus measuring nearly 5 meters (16 feet) in height.A new lighting system and disabled access were installed as part of the restoration,”reported Al-Ahram, the state reporting house of Egypt.
The renovations came close to seven million dollars according to the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities- Khaled El-Enany. Egypt has long since been popular for its many pyramids, mummification methods and the interesting method used by the early dwellers that were part of the country’s Nile valley civilization.