When you think about ancient pyramids, you can be forgiven if Sudan doesn’t immediately jump into your head. While Egypt’s Great Pyramids are great for a reason, Sudan’s Meroë pyramids are still pretty spectacular on their own right, including the shear number of them: more than 200. Although now designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Meroë complex has still had to endure over 1000 years of looting and good, old-fashioned plundering. This includes an adventurous doctor in the 1830s who literally blew up 40 tombs while looking for artifacts and treasure. And while Giza is known as a tourist magnet, Sudan’s reputation for civil war and violence has contributed significantly to travellers avoiding the Meroë pyramids despite the glimpse back in time they offer.
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