Sudan: The Ancient Nubian Pyramids at Meroe

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Sudan 21 Apr 2015 10:44

More than 200km from the Sudanese capital Khartoum, the remains of an ancient city rise from the arid and inhospitable terrain like a science-fiction film set. Nestled between sand dunes, the secluded pyramids seem to have been forgotten by the modern world, with no nearby restaurants or hotels to cater to tourists. The Nubian Meroe pyramids, much smaller but just as impressive as the more famous Egyptian ones, are found on the east bank of the Nile river, near a group of villages called Bagrawiyah. The pyramids get their name from the ancient city of Meroe, the capital of the Kingdom of Kush, an ancient African kingdom situated in what is now the Republic of Sudan. Around 1000 BCE, after the fall of the 24th Egyptian dynasty, the Nubian Kingdom of Kush arose as the leading power in the middle Nile region. The Kushite kings took over and ruled much of Egypt from 712 to 657 BCE. In 300 BCE, when the capital and royal burial ground of the kingdom moved to the Meroe region, the pharaonic tradition of building pyramids to encapsulate the tombs of rulers continued here.

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28 Mar 2015

A local guide offers camel rides to tourists and visitors.

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28 Mar 2015

Locals offer camel rides to tourists and visitors. Here they wait for clients under the hot sun.

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28 Mar 2015

The royal pyramids at Meroe were built in Nubia 800 years after the Egyptians finished building theirs.

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28 Mar 2015

The royal pyramids at Meroe were built in Nubia 800 years after the Egyptians finished building theirs.

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28 Mar 2015

These the Meroe pyramids are among the best preserved in Sudan.

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28 Mar 2015

There are more than 230 pyramids in Sudan, stretching across the ancient Nubian kingdom.

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28 Mar 2015

The pyramids are the burial site for more than 40 Nubian kings and queens

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28 Mar 2015

Through the years the pyramids have been plundered of all their wealth.

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28 Mar 2015

Some pyramids have been partially restored, looking new in comparison with their neighbours.

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28 Mar 2015

Excavation of the pyramids began only in the middle of the 19th century.

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28 Mar 2015

Through the years, the pyramids have been plundered of all their wealth.

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28 Mar 2015

The pyramids get their name from the ancient city of Meroe, the capital of the Kingdom of Kush, an ancient African kingdom situated in what is now the Republic of Sudan.

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28 Mar 2015

Renewed restoration and preservation efforts are under way. Still, visitors leave their mark, etching their names into bricks.

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28 Mar 2015

Renewed restoration and preservation efforts are under way. Still, visitors leave their mark, etching their names into bricks.

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28 Mar 2015

Between 1800 and 1870, Italian explorer Giuseppe Ferlini smashed the top of 40 pyramids to get to their treasure.

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28 Mar 2015

'This is our history. Here our ancestors are buried,' said Abdullah who lives in Al Tarabil village, a few kilometres away from the site of the pyramids.

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28 Mar 2015

What the Italian explorer Giuseppe Ferlini discovered after smashing the top of 40 pyramids was taken back to British and German museums.

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28 Mar 2015

The pyramids are located northeast of Sudan near the river Nile.