In the desert in eastern Sudan, on the banks of the Nile River are nearly 200 ancient pyramids – many of them are the tombs of the kings of the Meroitic kingdom that ruled here for more than 900 years ago.
Pyramids of Meroe less than their Egyptian counterparts, they have a narrow base and slopes on the sides. Some of the pyramids are built 2700 – 2300 years ago and is decorated with decorative elements of the cultures of the pharaohs of Egypt, Greece and Rome.
While the pyramids of Meroe are among the main attractions of the Sudan has recently begun to forget about them, as a tourist destination, due to a series of economic sanctions imposed by various Western countries.
Forgotten Pyramids of Meroe:
On the way to the pyramids of Meroe, April 16 2015. (Photo Mosa’ab Elshamy):
3. The cult of the god Amon at many stages of the history of Egypt was the most common. The priesthood of Amun was very influential. Temple of Amun in Naga was founded Pharaoh Natakamani temple reached 100 meters in length. In the temple were installed several statues Natakamani.
The temple is oriented east-west axes, built of sandstone, which over the years has been hit by erosion. The temple is built in a traditional Egyptian style, with outdoor patio and a colonnade with sculptures ram’s head (the symbol of Amun). These “sheep” we are here and we see. (Photo by Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah | Reuters):
4. Burial time of the kingdom of Cush are located in the vicinity of Meroe in three places. (Photo by Ian Timbarlake):
5. Most of the pyramid consists of the aerial part of the stone from the base of 8 to 15 meters. The height of the pyramids ranges from 12 to 20 meters. For comparison, the height of the pyramid of Cheops today – 138-139 meters. (Photo Mosa’ab Elshamy | AP):
6. To the west of the Temple of Amun is the temple of God, a lion Apedemaka, personified in Cushites military prowess. It was believed that the god to protect the peace Apedemak family members of the deceased pharaohs. By not believe it – anyone who violates the peace, will be cursed Apedemakom.
In the photo below – the Roman pavilion or kiosk – small temple near the great temple of Amun and Apedemaka made in the Greek style. The front side is decorated with reliefs in Egyptian style in the Roman lintel – a number of sacred Egyptian cobra. (Photo by Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah | Reuters):
7. The characters inside the pyramid. (Photo Mosa’ab Elshamy | AP):
8. View of the Pyramids of Meroe, March 1, 2014. (Photo by Ian Timbarlake | AFP | Getty Images):
9. During the period of Persian rule in Egypt Meroitic kingdom has lost some of its northern territories. (Photo Mosa’ab Elshamy | AP):
10. The few tourists. Because of the economic sanctions on the flow of tourists in recent years has fallen by 10 times compared to previous years. (Photo Mosa’ab Elshamy | AP):
11. Hathor (“House of Horus”) – in the Egyptian mythology the goddess of the sky, love, femininity, beauty, fun and dancing. And this is a chapel dedicated to her. (Photo by Abd Raouf | AP):
12. Temple of God Lion Apedemaka. The facade of the temple is the front gate, decorated with reliefs of the pharaoh and queen Natakamani Amanitore, emphasizing their divine power over the slaves (or prisoners). At the feet of Pharaoh and Queen, as a sign of royal power, settled lions. (Photo by Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah | Reuters):
13. The pyramids of Meroe. (Photo by Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah):
14. Meroe March 10, 2012. (Photo by Abd Raouf | AP):
15. This kind of Meroe in ancient times. Lithograph, 1850
16. Southern cemetery Meroe pyramids with nine Royal (five and four pyramids of the pharaohs – Queens). Besides the great pyramids in the cemetery are also one hundred ninety five smaller graves.
17. Pyramid Meroe.