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All you need to know about The Meroe Pyramids in Sudan.

Updated: Mar 9, 2022

2500 year old pyramids from Sudan - Photo by @sophffmm

When we hear the word ”Pyramid“, our minds automatically travel to Egypt. However, there is another country that has more pyramids in a tiny stretch of desert than Egypt.

While Egypt is home to the world's largest and most well-known pyramids, Sudan has the world's largest collection of these amazing ancient buildings. Despite the negative press that presents the country as a war-torn country plagued by civil war and disease, the North African country has a lot to offer cultural and history buffs, including a rich and long-ignored archaeological heritage in locations remote from conflict hotspots.

A day trip is approximately 240 kilometres north of the Sudanese capital city of Khartoum, and will take you into a stretch of the desert where rows of these striking ancient pyramids loom before you like a mirage. Over 200 pyramids, grouped across three sites, were erected long ago as royal tombs for some 40 kings and queens who ruled the Nubian Kingdom of Kush on the banks of the Nile for more than 1,000 years during the Meroitic Period, until its demise in 350 AD. Some of Meroe's and Napata's wealthiest nobles were also buried there.