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8 ruins to take you on a walk through time

June 10, 2013, 3:40 p.m.
Meroe, Sudan, ruins

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Meroe, Sudan

Meroe was once at the heart of one of Africa's wealthiest kingdoms, and was referred to in the Bible and written about by ancient Roman and Greek explorers and historians. Today, remnants of pyramids and other buildings still stand in the desert not far from the Nile in this ancient city about 120 miles northeast of the Sudanese capitol, Khartoum.

Much less is known about Meroe than about the neighboring pyramids of the ancient Egyptian civilization, but scholars are trying to decipher the language and place the pyramids' inlays and carvings into a historical context. Though these ruins pale in comparison to the massive and well-maintained ones in nearby Egypt, they are not nearly as crowded, and are certainly attractive for people who want their travels to have a heightened sense of adventure.