Meroë, Sudan, is a delight to travelers

Meroë, Sudan, is a delight to travelers from all around. The Meroë Pyramids are relatively unknown therefore they are less crowded than their Egyptian cousins. They are more numerous and steeped in fascinating history. Meroë was the seat of the rulers who occupied Egypt for close to a century and features, pyramids, temples and domestic buildings as well as major installations connected to water management. Their vast empire extended from the Mediterranean to the heart of Africa, and the property testifies to the exchange between the art, architectures, religions and languages of both regions.

Meroe-IslandThe Island of Meroë is a modern name given to the land bounded by the White Nile, the Blue Nile, and the Atbara Rivers of Sudan. While surrounded by rivers it is not a true Island by current definition. In the desert of Eastern Sudan, the ancient city of Meroë, located on the east back of the Nile River, approximately 124 miles northeast of Khartoum, was a wealthy metropolis of the ancient kingdom of Kush in what is today the Republic of Sudan. The city, which flourished from 800 BCE to 350 CE, was at the crossroads of major trade routes.

During the 25th Dynasty of Egypt, also known as the Nubian Dynasty, the rulers of the area were known as the Kingdom of Kush. The Kushite capital was located in Meroë, which persisted until the 4th century then was weakened and disintegrated, due to internal rebellion. The kingdom was ultimate burnt by the Kingdom of Aksum.

In its glory, Meroë was one of the earliest and most impressive states found south of the Sahara. More than 200 pyramids, many of which are in ruins, are the heartland of the city. The Meroë pyramids, smaller than their EgyptianSudan-Kingdom-of-Kush-Antiquity-700px cousins, are considered Nubian pyramids, with narrow bases and steep angles on the sides, built between 2,700 and 2,300 years ago, with decorative elements from the cultures of Pharaonic Egypt, Greece, and Rome.  Many of these pyramids contain the tombs of the kings and queens of the Kushites, These were built some 2,000 years after many of the great Egyptian pyramids.

Sudan isn’t a usual tourist destination, and it’s by no means an easy place to travel.  Tour operators partner with local companies to allow travelers to step back in time to learn of bygone eras and to mingle with the local villagers who love to meet foreigners.


Editor’s note: Join Original World’s tour to Sudan; visit the forgotten pyramids of Meroë as you explore an undiscovered region with temple ruins, pyramids, camel caravans, and desert tribal cultures, connect with local people in desert markets and small, isolated villages and enjoy fantastic diverse landscapes, and a vast desert of moving sands.

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