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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Which country has the most pyramids

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Which country has the most pyramids; Sudan is the answer. Pyramid construction is recognized as Egyptian; Sudan has more than 350 pyramids, the most numerous in the world.


Sudan has more than 350 pyramids, double the number found in Egypt. They were constructed in Nubia to serve as tombs for royal families and wealthy citizens. Nubian pyramids differ from the Egyptian because they were built tall and narrow with offering temples.

Nuri Pyramids located about 10 km or 6 miles from Jebel Barkal Pyramids
Nuri Pyramids located about 10 km or 6 miles from Jebel Barkal Pyramids 

The area of the Nile valley known as Nubia lies within present day Sudan. Nubian pyramids are pyramids that were built by the rulers of the ancient Kushite kingdoms. More than 350 pyramids grouped in five sites namely Meroë, El-Kurru, Jebel Barkal, Nuri, and later Sedeinga Sudan. They were constructed in Nubia over a period of a few hundred years to serve as tombs for the kings and queens and wealthy citizens.


Meroë Pyramids
The most extensive Nubian pyramid site is at Meroë, which is located between the fifth and sixth cataracts of the Nile, approximately 240 kilometers 150 miles north of Khartoum. During the Meroitic period, over forty queens and kings were buried there. South Cemetery features nine royal pyramids. Four of the pyramids belonged to Kings and five belonged to queens. One hundred and ninety-five other tombs complete the cemetery. North cemetery contains forty-one royal pyramids. Thirty belonged to kings, six to queens and five to other royals. The cemetery has three more non-royal tombs for forty-four. West cemetery is a non-royal site. It contains some one-hundred and thirteen tombs. The pyramids of Meroe in the 1830s as the Italian doctor-turned-explorer and treasure hunter Giuseppe Ferlini blew the tops off about 40 tombs during his quest for treasure.


El-Kurru Pyramids
El-Kurru was one of the royal cemeteries used by the Nubian royal family. El-Kurru pyramids including the tombs of King Kashta and his son Piye, together with Piye's successors Shabaka, Shaba taka, and Tanwetamani. Fourteen pyramids were constructed for their queens, several of whom were renowned warrior queens. Most of the pyramids date to the early part of the Kushite period, from Alara of Nubia 795–752 BC to King Nastasen 335–315 BC.


Nuri Pyramids
Nuri is situated about 10 km or 6 miles from Jebel Barkal. Nuri was the burial place of 21 kings and 52 queens and princes including Anlami and Aspelta. The bodies of these kings were placed in huge granite sarcophagi. Aspelta's weighed 15.5 tons and its lid weighed four tons. The oldest and largest pyramid at Nuri is that of the Napatan king and Twenty-fifth Dynasty pharaoh Taharqa.


Jebel Barkal Pyramids
Jebel Barkal or Gebel Barkal served as a royal cemetery during the Meroitic Kingdom. The earliest burials date back to the 3rd century BC having nine pyramids. Jebel Barkal is also a small mountain 98 meters or 321 feet tall located in Karima town in Northern State in Sudan, on a large bend of the Nile River, in the region called Nubia. In 2003, the mountain, together with the historical city of Napata which sits at its feet, were named World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.


Sedeinga Pyramids
These newly found groups of tiny sized pyramids were discovered near the village Sedeinga. The Sedeinga pyramids are a group of at least 35-80 small pyramids near Sedeinga, Sudan, built ca. 1 BCE. They were discovered between 2009 and 2012 and date to the time of the Kingdom of Kush, an ancient kingdom in Nubia. They range in size from about 7 meters or 24 feet to 75 centimeters 30 inches wide.






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