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DEK_29 wrote a review Apr 2020
Brisbane, Australia1,090 contributions1,061 helpful votes
This mastaba is situated just outside and slightly down from the Step Pyramid of Djoser. Having 33 rooms, the painting on the walls feature everyday scenes that include, farming, harvesting, fishing and other common folk pursuits. Mereruka was an official in the Old Kingdom during the time of 6th Dynasty pharaoh Teti 1. He had numerous titles including vizier, hence why he mastaba is close to the Pyramid of Teti 1. Some of the original paint work has remained which provides a glimpse into the past of pharaonic Egypt.
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Date of experience: January 2020
Kazi Y wrote a review Apr 2020
Dhaka City, Bangladesh128 contributions62 helpful votes
The Mastaba/tomb of Mereruka is right next to the Pyramid of Djoser. Mereruka was the vizier of Pharaoh Teti (who founded the 6th dynasty of the Old Kingdome Period of Egypt). The Mastaba of Mereruka is the largest in Saqqara and a true must visit. The tomb with its 33 rooms shows everyday scenes. This tomb had wonderfully decorated walls. By seeing the carvings of the walls you can understand not just the life of Mereruka but also so much about Egyptian habits. Its really worth to pay extra ticket and see the mastaba of Mereruka.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Kumi M wrote a review Jan 2020
Palo Alto, California1,465 contributions189 helpful votes
Not a royal at all, but Mereruka was powerful and wealthy enough to build a luxurious tomb for his after-life. Reliefs showing details of daily life adorn many of the walls - and there are quite a few of them in here. Definitely worth a visit if you need to see everything. But when I went, there was a fee. I also went to visit Kagemni's mastaba (no fee) which was not at large but had lots of color and detail as well.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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TravelGipsy wrote a review Dec 2019
Naples, Florida91 contributions29 helpful votes
Thanks to our wonderful guide Hend. We’ve been several times, but never we saw the wonderful places that most tours miss. That is the difference between a great guide!
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Date of experience: December 2019
Matthew P wrote a review Sep 2019
London, United Kingdom3,158 contributions159 helpful votes
Its wall to wall Images of Hieroglyphics, telling long ago stories of ancient Egyptian Pharohs. A joy to behold, as you walk around you realise how long it must have taken to prepare this place ready for the mummmy to be laid to rest. All of the preperations to enable the soul to have an after life.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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