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Nubia’s forgotten pyramids in need of tourists and care

While Egypt is the most famous country to visit when it comes to pyramids, the ancient kingdom of Nubia holds remarkable secrets of its own. The former African state was home to over 250 pyramids, some gathered in necropolis where kings and queens were laid to rest.

Nubia is certainly not the first word that comes to mind when talking about pyramids. But the Kingdom of Nubia was home to over 250 pyramids, build over a period of a few hundred years.

The 255 recorded pyramids were build at three sites and they served as tombs for the members of two royal families, the Napata and the Meroë.

The first of the Nubian pyramids were built at el-Kurru, including the tombs of the country’s early warrior queens. Later, the Nubian kingdom of Kush built its pyramids at Nuri, now in Sudan. This is the burial site for 21 kings and 52 queens and similar with Egyptian tradition, the members of the royal family, were laid to rest in huge granite sarcophaguses.

At Meroë, the third site of the Nubian pyramids, the capital of Kingdom of Kush that arose after the fall of the Egyptian 24th dynasty, the monuments clearly drew inspiration form the pharaohs.

The pyramids of Meroë were also featured in a special Al Jazeera report trying to draw attention on the historical importance of the monuments.

According to the report, tourists are scarce while the pyramids show signs of vandalism and efforts of preserving the cultural heritage have only now begun anew.

Sylvia Jacob