Sudan: Jebel Barkal Archaelogical Site

Jebel Barkal is an isolated table mountain pinnacle in the desert near Karima. At 75m high, it was considered a sacred mountain by the ancient Egyptians, and the birthplace of the god Amun. This was the southernmost frontier of the Ancient Egypt, the land conquered around 1500 BC. The mountain and the surrounding area is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most important archaeological sites in Sudan – three successive temples of Amun were located at the mountain’s foot. The entire area around the mountain was the Egyptian town of Napata, little of which remains today though. The temple ruins include multiple columns, lion statues, and several granite stones with very clear Egyptian hieroglyphs.