Although pyramids have become synonymous with Egypt, it is Sudan that has the most numerous pyramids in the world, 220 existing pyramids to be exact. Though much smaller, the Nubian Meroe pyramids are just as impressive as the more famous Egyptian ones.
Sudan’s secluded Nubian pyramids in ancient Meroe, the capital of the Kingdom of Kush are located in northeast Sudan, near the Nile river, in an area known as Nubia. They can be found in three clusters near a group of villages called Bagrawiyah. Any visitor who makes the trip to this ancient site is sure to be an eyesore.
Unfortunately, many of the Meroe pyramids have been truncated. The pragmatism of the Nubian builders may have made it easy for the monument to be scavenged. In 1834, Italian treasure hunter Giuseppe Ferlini found gold underneath a pyramid in Meroe and mutilated many of the pyramids by removing their tops in the hopes of confusing his rivals to keep more of the gold to himself.
Many future would-be looters also did the same, resulting in fields of pyramids with no tops. The truncated tops have made the internal structure vulnerable to the elements, and some of these mighty works are rotting from the inside out.
The pyramids are worth saving! Moreover, they are worth visiting. Take a virtual tour of the pyramids in the video below.