Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Fodor's Weekly: Your expert travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration (coming soon)

Cairo Sights

Serapeum

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Updated 12/31/1969

Fodor's Review

This is site of the burials of the Apis Bulls. The Apis was a bull that was regarded as a manifestation of Ptah, a creator god. During its lifetime, the bull was worshiped, fed, washed, brushed, sung to, and generally made much of. When it died, it was elaborately mummified and buried, with golden grave goods, in a large basalt or granite sarcophagus that was placed in a chamber of the Serapeum. Then the priests embarked on a quest for a new bull, which took up the position

of Apis. The dusty and gloomy Serapeum galleries stretch for miles under the bedrock. The Serapeum is closed to the public but is due to reopen in December 2010, though no open hours or ticket prices are available at this writing.

Read More

Sight Information

Address:

Saqqara, Egypt

Updated 12/31/1969

Advertisement

What's Nearby

  • Sights

See all sights in Cairo

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

Advertisement