Naga (Naqa)


The site of Naga is located about 30 km to the east of the Nile, at 130 km north of Khartoum and it is one of the two centers that developed during the Meroitic period.

In Naga, in a typical Saharan environment with rocks and sand, there is the Apedemak temple (1st century a.D.): a wonderful building with bas-relief decorations with the image of the god with the lion head, of the Pharaoh and of the noblemen and several ritual images of the Apedemak god.

A few dozens of meters away there is a small and odd construction with arches and columns, named “kiosk”, in which we can notice the Egyptian, the Roman and the Greek architectural styles all in the same building. Not far away from here there is another temple dedicated to the god Amon with many statues of rams and beautiful temple entrances decorated with bas-reliefs.