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Sudan: Meroe Pyramids

Sudan: Meroe Pyramids
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Copyright: Moncef Moncef (Monceflibra) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 255] (1012)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-02
Categories: Artwork
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ancient civilizations [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-17 13:08
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Meroe Pyramids:

These pyramids in northern Sudan were built from the 4th century BC to 3d century AD. They belong to Nubian kings.

The number of pyramids in ancient Nubia (aka Kush & today Sudan) were a total of 223, (Kerma, Napata, Nuri, Naga, and Meroe), double the pyramids of its neighbor Egypt. The underground graves of the Nubian pyramids were richly decorated. All pyramids were not monuments of kings is evinced by their great number. Other grandees of the empire, especially priests of high rank, or such as had obtained the sacerdotal dignity, might have found in them their final resting place. The well-known British writer Basil Davidson described Meroe as one of the largest archeological sites in the world.

It was around 1000 BC, following the collapse of the New Kingdom in Egypt, that the Nubian kingdom of Kush re-emerged as a great power in the Middle Nile. Between 712-657 BC, Sudanese kings conquered and ruled Egypt, as the XXVth Dynasty. By about 300 BC the center of the kingdom had shifted south to the Meroe region in central Sudan, where the pyramids and tombs were built to house the bodies of their kings and queens.

All the tombs at MeroŽ have been plundered, most infamously by Italian explorer Giuseppe Ferlini (1800-1870) who smashed the tops off 40 pyramids in a quest for treasure in the 1820s. Ferlini found only one cache of gold. His finds were later sold, and remain at the museums in Munich and Berlin. His aim was not to study the pyramids.

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Hi Moncef,
how hot, ufff
great shot, beautiful colours, excellent sharp; interesting note about Pyramids;
I like it very much;
regards Karolina

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  • Arox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 11 N: 48] (847)
  • [2008-03-17 13:58]
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Hi Moncef,

Great POV and compo, nice light.


oh, great note you have here =]
nice shot, amazing how the blue sky and the sand go together, love it =]
and a pretty interesting composition.
well done! =]

Hi Moncef

Very nice composition and colours.
Excellent focus.
Very well done.

Regards Derek

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  • gnc Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 730 W: 10 N: 104] (1449)
  • [2008-03-17 14:23]
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Great shot of this fascinating place. Good POV and colors.

Hi Moncef,

This is a terrific shot with beautiful contrasts and shadows. I love the blue sky with the beige structure. I like your pov as my eye seems to follow the curve to the top of the frame.

Very Nice! Lisa

Hi Moncef,
Wonderful !!! this landscape is Wonderful !!! and your photo is perfect...very neat...I like so much the magnificents colors.

My daer Moncef
u just found beautiful place for shoting, this colours are amazing, generaly is only two colours, but contrast with them is excellent, great, warm photo

Excellent capture of the history.

NIce place to live in MOncef:)


Excellent picture, fantastic colours and contrast, well done!

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  • subs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 0 N: 296] (2670)
  • [2008-06-27 7:44]

Hi Moncef,
This is picture postcard material. Loce the simple mix of colours and sharp details. Yous composition adds to its beauty.

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