"Shendi and nearby Archaeological sites" Shendi by uglyscot

Shendi Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 38 photos

My trip to Shendi was specifically to visit the Cemetries of Bejrawiya with their pyramids, and then on the return journey to go to Mussawarat as Sufrah and Nagaa. We managed the first two, but as we got lost finding Musawwarat decided to cancel the Nagaa trip.
I have since managed to visit Bejrawiya another couple of times, the last two with the Sudan Archaeological Society, as well as on our own. I just love going to this area which , in spite of the 2-3 hour drive, takes you in to desert scrub with table top mountains or conical peaks.

Shendi itself is a historic town known for its market and the weaving of cotton material. We also found nice baskets there,


Naga is another interesting site in the vicinity of Shendi. To me it is like an open air museum, as it has Roman as well as Egyptian style temples.
The best preserved is the so-called Roman Kiosk [now renamed the Temple of Hathor].
Then there is the Lion Temple and the larger Amun temple which has been restored considerably since I was first there, and the avenue of rams replaced on their plinths.
Up the hill is another Egyptian temple too, though more in ruins..
Well worth a visit.

Only 15 km over bumpy road separates Naga and Musawwarrat. Nagaa had been a town, though onlyb the temples remain. Musawwarrat has
many suggested origins, but the most recent seems to it having been a school. The Great Enclosure sits in a circle of hills, isolating it, apart from a Lion Temple near by. It once had luxuriant gardens, wild animals roamed the area.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:interesting archaeological sites
  • Cons:poor infrastructure for tourists but some attempts are being made.
  • In a nutshell:good introduction to the Meroitic civilization
  • Last visit to Shendi: Jan 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Apr 28, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    thanks for this great info. I will visit Meroe (Begrawiya) this weekend and your tips are very helpful.

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2007 at 11:13 PM

    Wow, those archeological sites are so impressive ;-)

  • CliffClaven's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2007 at 9:06 AM

    Probably more impressive because of the lack of tourists

  • awladhassan's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2006 at 8:48 PM

    We never managed to visit this fascinating area. It is something to remember for the future,

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2005 at 3:03 PM

    The carvings look fantastic - the elephant can be clearly seen. I wonder what purpose that Roman kiosk served?Interesting information and pictures.


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