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Date: September 15, 2012 01:57PM
Meroë is an ancient city on the east bank of the Nile about 6 km north-east of
the Kabushiya station near Shendi, Sudan, approximately 200 km north-east of
Khartoum. Near the site are a group of villages called Bagrawiyah. This city was
the capital of the Kingdom of Kush for several centuries. The Kushitic Kingdom
of Meroë gave its name to the Island of Meroë, which was the
modern region of Butana, a region bounded by the Nile (from the Atbarah River to
Khartoum), the Atbarah, and the Blue Nile.
The city of Meroë was on the edge of Butana and there were two other Meroitic
cities in Butana, Musawwarat es-Sufra, and Naqa.
The site of the city of Meroë is marked by more than two hundred pyramids in
three groups, of which many are in ruins. They are identified as Nubian pyramids
because of their distinctive size and proportions.