The pyramid of Pepi II is the last pyramid of any
significance built during the old kingdom. Although Pepi II reigned for some
94 years his pyramid is not bigger than other 6th dynasty pyramids. Suggesting
that pyramids during this 6th dynasty followed a predefined plan. The pyramid
is difficult to reach, a 30 minute walk into the desert through soft sand
is required to reach it. A knowledgeable taxi driver is required to find the
area, and a walk through the village of Saqqara will be needed to reach the
edge of the desert. The giant mastaba of the 4th dynasty ruler Shepseskaf,
is located 100 meters to the southeast and the small 8th dynasty pyramid of
Ibi is 250 meters east of Pepi II's pyramid. Pepi II's pyramid is in a good
state of preservation and worth visiting. Some of the original casing of fine
Tura limestone is still in situ. The core is built of small pieces of limestone
irregularly placed, and appears today has a stepped pyramid. There are a few
pieces of beautifully carved granite and limestone in the courtyard. There
is also a wonderful granite stela of Pepi II embracing Horus to be found there.
Height 52.5 m
Base 78.75 m
Volume c. 107,835 cu. m
Slope 52° 07' 48"
Satellite Pyramids (1)
Queens Pyramids (3)
Ruled 94 years
Nefer-Ka-Re-Pipi ---Pepi is Established and Living
Pepi's Life is Enduring
southeast corner of Pepi II's pyramid showing some of the white limestone casing.
Notice the large gap between the core and the outer casing. The core construction
method is also clearly visible in this image.