After 15 years of restoration in Egypt, the Southern Tomb, built for the pharaoh Djoser, who lived more than 4,500 years ago, has been opened to the public, according to the Daily Mail.
Most of the structure is underground and is a maze of corridors, the walls of which are lined with turquoise and decorated with hieroglyphs and stone carvings. Djoser himself was not buried here, but in the famous Step Pyramid, which also underwent restoration and opened to the public last year - it is nearby and was built by Imhotep - the vizier, high priest, treasurer and physician of the pharaoh, who is considered the first architect in history. The step pyramid dates back to 2680 BC. BC, it is the oldest known pyramid. It is highly likely that it was she who became the source of inspiration for the builders of the complex in Giza.
The southern tomb, built between 2667 and 2648 BC. e., was erected for symbolic reasons or to store the internal organs of Djoser, historians say. The entrance to the tomb leads to a staircase that descends about 30 meters below the surface of the earth and leads to a burial shaft, and then into a labyrinth of corridors. The tomb itself is too small to contain the remains of an adult - this is evidence that it was not originally built as the resting place of the pharaoh.