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Zawyet El-Mayiteen Zawyet El-Mayiteen
Photo by Raymon Kondos © 2009 Your Egypt
The Step Pyramid


The name means "corner of the dead" in Arabic. It acquired this name not for the ancient Pharaonic tombs, but for being adjacent to the modern cemeteries of Minya that belong to the Moslems and Christians. These cemeteries are said to be the largest cemeteries in the world.

   
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The site has relatively interesting ruins of the ancient city of Hebenw, temples and tombs.
The city is vast and was surrounded by a massive mud-brick enclosure wall that can still be seen. It was 6.75 meters (22 ft) in thickness (See Image 1).

Remains of a step pyramid face you as you enter the site. The real function of that pyramid is still unknown and it is probable that it was never used for burial, yet for a mere symbolic value. The pyramid is 22.4 (73.5 ft) meters in length.

There are also ruins of a temple built by Amenhotep III of the 18th dynasty. It is accessible through stone steps built in the Roman era. An altar lies on the ground in the temple (See Image 2).

There are also several tombs on the hillside. Only currently open is the tomb of Nefersekheru (See Image 3), an 18th and 19th Dynasty royal scribe.
The tomb is not in a good state of preservation but still has reliefs showing the deceased standing before HorusWho is this deity? and OsirisWho is this deity?. The tomb originally consisted of two courts, of which only the second survived. The latter has a burial shaft of 5.25 meters (17 ft) depth. At the back wall stand remains of 3 statues in nichesWhat does it mean? (See Image 4).

       
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