The pyramids are not unique to Egypt. Located 200 kilometers north of Khartoum, capital of Sudan, Meroë is a lost city in a country in permanent conflict. It is also known for its impeccably preserved pyramids.
Unlike the Egyptian pyramids, the Sudanese are deserted and rarely visited, even though they are considered World Heritage by Unesco.
Known as the island of Meroë, due to the river that once ran in its center, the site was the main residence of the kingdom of Cuche, one of the first civilizations of the Nile – also known as the black pharaohs.
At six to 30 meters high, the various pyramids were built between 720 and 300 BC, remaining globally unknown. “Egypt does not have the pyramid monopoly,” explains Eric Lafforgue, a photographer who travels around the world documenting tribes.
“There are many pyramids in Sudan and the country regularly discovers new pyramids. The most beautiful are in Meroë, “he continued.
Although partially conserved, the site was already dynamited by the Italian Giuseppe Ferlini, in 1834, who also plundered it. These pyramids have decorative elements inspired by Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, according to Unesco, which make them very valuable.
Today, Sudan receives only 15,000 visitors a year, mainly due to the economic sanctions imposed on the country due to the conflicts in Darfur that affected the tourism industry. In recent years, Qatar has donated € 120 million to renew and support the antiquities of Sudan.