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Egypt reopens ancient king Djoser’s southern tomb for tourists

Egypt on Tuesday reopened the 4,700-year-old southern tomb of King Djoser in the Pyramid of Saqqara after 15 years of renovations.

The tomb is located south of Cairo, near the famous Step Pyramid of the Third Dynasty pharaohs, Egypt’s oldest massive stone structure, which was closed for restoration as of March 2020.

The southern tomb, built between 2667 BC and 2648 BC, is believed to have been built for symbolic reasons, or perhaps to hold the internal organs of Djoser, said Mustafa Vaziri, secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Egypt is keen to rejuvenate tourism after following coronavirus The pandemic and in recent months have unveiled a series of new discoveries and a new museum.

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