The Royal Memphis And Its Necropolis

Posted On December 2, 2009 


The city of Memphis was considered to be the imperial dwelling as well as the capital of Egypt during the Early Dynastic time also it is stated as the Old Kingdom. The Memphis thereafter remained as one of the most densely inhabited as well as well-known place in Egypt. However Memphis got it name during its life of being the capital. It started as inbw-hdj, or the so called “white walls,” which reflected the manifestation of its equipped house”

Memphis is situated at the convergence of the most significant trade routes that was well connected across the Western as well as Eastern deserts. Also it had a good control on the Delta. It is located in the fine stretch of the Nile Valley that is located on the western bank of the river. You wills surely wonder that how it would have been survived through the ages. It is been built at a higher level. Here the wind and also the sand encroach also the water-level of the river keeps rising.

The necropolises are commonly known as the cemeteries which are located around Memphis covers the border of the desert which lies on the western bank of the Nile river, together with pyramids at Helwan, Abusir, Dahshur, Saqqara, Giza,Zawyet el-‘Aryan and also Abu Rawash.

Memphis Egypt


Till today only little section of the city have been exposed that is at Mit Rahina and also at Saqqara which lies to the east of the pyramid of the Teti. Sir Flinders Petrie assumed that the city was nearly four miles wide as well as 8 miles long also he felt that a substantial part of that area had various villages as well as many gardens.

From the very early days the spiritual center of Memphis and its temple to Ptah was located in the region of the contemporary Mit Rahina. Ptah thus became the most important Memphite god during the early Dynastic period. The first temple to Ptah, which belonged to the Early Dynastic period, is considered to be still concealed beneath a heap called Kom el-Fakhry which is in the west of the Ramessid enclosed space. The next temple which was remained except for its destroyed gate located in the west of the temple, the total area enclosed by the temple is around 2,75,000 square miles. It stood up a competitor to the Karnak temple which was located in Thebes.

Mit Rahina

Here only the west section of the temple was been excavated. It consisted of a huge pylon and also a pillared hypostyle hall. It was constructed as to celebrate one of the very famous and also the early festivals of Ramese II. Few tombs are located at Mit Rahina.

DahshurDahshur pyramids

The Dahshur is considered to be the pyramid field. It outlines the extension located to the out of the Memphite necropolis. The Pyramid was been constructed by Sneferu also called Bent, or False and also Rhomboidal. It is considered as the most eye-catching attraction of Dahshur. The pyramids of Dahshur and Maidum emphasize the changeover from a step pyramid to the true pyramid. The valley temple is located at a few distances towards the northeast region of the pyramid. Also it provides a sequence of relief’s. Some of them are displaying the parade of female figures that denotes the king’s domain in both Upper as well as the Lower Egypt.

Later his rule in the region Sneferu the so-called famous Red Pyramid was constructed in the north of the city. The Red Pyramid got its name from its reddish colored limestone.

How to reach

You can take a direct flight to Cairo and then hire a cab or car and reach Memphis and its Necropolis. The roads are quite good and traveling by motorbike is worth a shot.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit the city of Egypt in order to visit the Memphis and Necropolis is during the winter as well as autumn.


You will get good as well as cost-efficient accommodation in the city.

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