About Zawyet el Aryan Pyramids

The town of Zawyet el Aryan, near Giza in north-eastern Egypt contains the remains of two relatively obscure Egyptian pyramids – known as the Layer Pyramid and the Unfinished Pyramid. It is thought they were both built during the Third Dynasty, therefore putting construction sometime around 2700-2600BC.

The Layer Pyramid is generally attributed to the Pharaoh Khaba while the Unfinished Pyramid is more of a mystery. The Layer Pyramid itself is a step-pyramid which sits atop an underground burial chamber. The Unfinished Pyramid is just that, and contains only the base of the construction.

Not an easy place to get to, it’s well off the established tourist trail – though some bespoke tour operators may offer guided visits.

Related Places

Giza

Giza is home to Ancient Egypt’s Great Pyramid and the famous Sphinx as well as two other incredible pyramids.

Explore

Saqqara

Saqqara was the burial ground of the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis and home to numerous pyramids and tombs.

Explore

Abusir Pyramids

The Abusir Pyramids near Cairo, Egypt belonged to the Fifth Dynasty pharaohs.

Explore

Comments (0)