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Nubian Kingdoms

Kushite architecture (Muswwarat es-sufra /naqa)
A major Meroitic settlement existed at the river(Nile)crossing, and other important centres, notable today for their striking Temples, arose nearby at Naqa and Musawwarat es-sufra (North of Khartoum Capital of Sudan"

Napata
Gebel Barkel, the flat-topped 'Holy mountain'. The sacred site deep within the Nubian own territory of Upper Nubia where they honored their gods despites Egyptian attempts to change them. It was believed to be the dwelling of the god Amen-Ra and several temples were erected in his honour.
For more on this read "The Napatan Palace at Gebel Barkal - A first look at B1200" -by Timthy Kendal - pp302-313 ' Egypt and Africa - edited by W.V.Davis - British Museum"

However 'seeing is believing' why not visit the site in Sudan and see for yourself..???
 

Meroe
More Pyramids in Nubia than anywhere:Kings were believed to be living gods and when died them and their queen were burried in great splendor. The largest burial structures were the pyramids. Both Egyptian and Nubian used pyramids for such purpose,however there were actually more pyramids in Nubia than in Egypt. The largest Nubian Pyramids are at Meroe, Nuri and El Kuru in Sudan.
Herodotus and Meroe:

"...when thou has passed through this part in forty daysa, thou enterest again into another ship and sailest tweleve days; and thereafter thou comest to a great city, the name whereoff is Meroe. And the city is said to be the mother city of the other Ethiopians" Herodotus 500 B.C.
 


Pyramids of Meroitic Rulers (Meroe-Sudan) 300 B.C

Meroe The Powerful Kushite Kingdom:

" in the 8th. Century BC a new and powerful Kushite Kingdom emerged in the region of Napata, downstream of the 4th. cataract. The native princes who ruled this state laid the foundations of what was to become the greatest and the most sophisticated civilization in ancient Nubia, the Kingdom of Meroe." John Taylor in his book "Egypt and Nubia"
Kerma

"The Kerma Culture:Wealth and Glory: The Egyptians had built their forts as bases from which they could trade with a third group of Nubian that was living in Upper Nubia at this time. This group had established a remarkable empire in the south, beyond the reach of the Egyptians forts, in their own homeland between the Third and Fourth cataracts of the Nile Rive. They belonged to what arachaeologists call the Kerma Culture, named after Kerma, their capital city. the rulers of kerma had gradually established regular trade routes to the interior of AFrica. All of Africa's luxury goods were imported into Kerma and from there passed, through a series of Middlemen, to the islands of the eastern Mediterranean Sea and beyond. the goods included exotic animals such as the leopard and giraffe, as well as their skins;ivory in the form of elephant tusks;ostrich eggs and feathers;hardwoods such as ebony;and gold in vast quantities. Through the wealth built up by this exchange of goods, the Nubians of Kerma became exceedingly rich....." from "The Nubians" by R.S.Bianchi


Deffufa(Kerma -Sudan) A monumental brick structure represented the principal religious buildung in Kerma (The Capital of Kush - the great Nubian Kingdom)

Christian Nubia

"..The introduction of christianity into Nubia marked a break in many ancient traditions. the most far-reaching change was the seperation of the institutions of church and state. For millennia the people of Nubia had been accustomed to be ruled by kings who were considered divine and who combined secular and religious authority in one person. Now the king was no longer a god and his control over religious affairs was minimal.............The sepeartion of church and state encouraged the development of a more efficient giovernment and legal system..........The eight to nine centuries of the Christian era was a period of growth and prosperity in both the political and cultural spheres.." John H Taylor (Egypt and Nubia - British Museum)


Marianos , Bishop of Faras (Sudan) AD1005-36

Nubian Egypt

Egypt under Nubian(Kushite) Rule

"..About thirteen years later Piye's successor Shabaqo invaded Egypt again and brought the wholecountry firmly under Kushite control. Shabaqo(c.716-702 BC) and his three successors Shabitqo, Taharqo and Tanutamani, regarded themselves as legitimate pharohs of Egypt and were later reckoned as constituity the 25th. Dynasty. They ruled both Egypt and Kush jointly for about fifty years, bringing much-needed peace and stability to the northern kingdo......" John H. taylor


King Taharqo the great Kushite Nubian was the greatest builder of his line and many new structures were erected in Egypt in his reign. When Egypt was under Kushite rule and At Karanak(Egypt) he erected four colonnades at the entrances to the pricipal New Kingdom temples, of which that in the first court of the Temple of Amun.
 


One of the Four Colonnades at Karanak(Egypt) : Nubian Monuments in Egypt