The necropolis of El Kurru


The Royal necropolis of the ancient city of Napata, the Nubian capital (from 800 to 400 B.C.) before the Meroitic period, had a large number of pyramids, located in three different places.

One was on the western side of the Jebel Barkal Mountain where we can see ruins of ancient pyramids of unknown royals. Another one is in El Kurru, a dozen of kilometres southwards from the mountain where it is possible to visit two tombs which are excavated in the rock under the pyramids – partially collapsed – and are totally decorated with images of the Pharaoh, of the gods and multicolour hieroglyphic inscriptions. In the Necropolis of El Kurru many pharaohs are buried including Piankhy and his beloved horses.