The Step pyramid of the Pharaoh Djoser, the first Pharaoh of the 3rd dynasty, is located in Saqqara. This building is undoubtfully unique; unfortunately it is largely damaged nowadays. The Step pyramid is not being damaged by vandals or tourists, but by restoration works.
The Step pyramid came from the 27th centrury BC and except the flow of the time it was destroyed by an earthquake 20 years ago. The pyramid needs to be repaired, but according to the Non-Stop Robberies movement the company, which should restore the pyramid, is destroying it instead.
„Technically, the company and officials of the Supreme Council of Antiquities committed a full-fledged crime,“ Amir Gamal, a representative of Non-Stop Robberies, told the Egypt Independent.
„New walls were built outside the pyramid as if the pyramid were a modern construction, which is opposite to international standards of restoration, which prevents adding more than 5% of construction to antiquities if necessary. Adding the modern construction is a large pressure on the decaying pyramid, which threatens catastrophe,“ he added.
The earthquake left its marks on the Djoser’s pyramid and a part of the roof of funerary chamber came down then, so the inner space threatens with collapse.
An inside view of the Step pyramid of the Pharaoh Djoser