Restoration work planned for Saqqara, Dahshur pyramids – Al-Tahrir News Network

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During an inspection tour on Thursday, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh Al-Damati stressed the importance of completing maintenance work on the pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara as quickly as possible.

The Pyramid of Djoser, commonly known as the Step pyramid, sustained structural damage in the main burial chamber, as a few blocks in the chamber show signs of fracture.

The Pyramid of Djoser, commonly known as the Step pyramid (Photo: Wikipedia)

Additionally, he inspected the restoration work to the pyramid’s exterior, in addition to detailed reconstructive work to the internal tunnels leading to the burial chamber.

Minister of Antiquities, Mamdouh Al-Damati during the inspection tour

Al-Damati later visited the city of Dahshur, 40 kilometres south of Cairo, where he met with archaeological experts and supervisors of the sites of Sneferu’s northern and southern pyramids.

The red pyramid It is the largest of the pyramids of Dashur and the third largest pyramid in Egypt (Photo: Wikipedia)

He examined the detailed reconstructive work of Sneferu’s northern Red pyramid, and southern Bent pyramid, which include the internal ventilation system of the northern pyramid.

An aerial view of the bent pyramid (Photo: Wikipedia)

He also ordered the prompt installation of the lighting system for the northern pyramid, scheduled for opening in March 2015.

Minister of Antiquities, Mamdouh Al-Damati during the inspection tour