Resting by the Merowe Dam
Photo by: attawayji, Creative Commons

Merowe, Sudan is home to the famous sand hills and the intently guarded Merowe necropolis, and ancient burial ground or cemetery that has such an interesting history it’s often referred to as city of the dead. Merowe is another very important tourist destination in Sudan, located in the eastern bank of the Nile River, and 200 kilometres from Sudan’s capital, Khartoum.

The railways are the most important mode of transportation to this city, and buses and Lorries are often used by tourists to get around town.

Other than the historic and intriguing necropolis, the major of attractions of this place are the Temple of the God of Amun, and the Great Enclosure of Pyramids. Currently, the Merowe Dam is getting a lot of attention as well. It’s a US$1.8 billion project being built on the Nile of Sudan. It’s bound to produce hydropower for the area and it’s a controversial project because it will be displacing about 5000 people from near the Nile, to arid desert areas.

Merowe is dotted with about 200 very magnificent looking pyramids. Most people link pyramids with ancient Egypt, but those huge rock piles are actually copies of the original pyramids in Merowe, Sudan. The pyramids here are much smaller, as if designed to contain only one dead body per structure.

Merowe is home to some of the friendliest and most hospitable people on earth called the Nubians. They’re great to tour Merowe with, especially when going to see the great pyramids. An old temple and infinite sand also encompass the pyramid area and the great burial grounds of Merowe.

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