Pyramids around the World

    Whenever there is a mention of pyramids, even by the National Geographic, the great Land of the Pharaohs comes to the mind. How pyramids were constructed and the reasons behind these monstrous formations are speculated over thousands and thousands of research pages. While these mysteries remain unsolved, there are ancient and modern pyramids that enthrall our sense of mystique. The structure is not copyrighted by the Egyptians, there are other places these man-made wonders can be seen, though shapes and styles in the building may differ from place to place.

    Pyramid of Magician, Uxmal


    Egypt

    Besides the famous Great Pyramid, there are eight others of various sizes in Giza alone. The first of these was built somewhere around 2630 B.C. Abusir has three pyramids, with Lisht and Dashur boasting two. Amazingly enough, they seem to be dotted all over Egypt, in areas such as Saqqara, Medium, Abu Rawash, El-Lahun and Hawara to name just a few more. Picking a place to explore will be the most difficult task in Egypt, guides are much easier to find, ready and willing to take tourists to any and all of the local treasure troves to the past.

    Sphinx and the Pyramid

    The Pyramids

    Photo by ‘liber’ (Ricardo Liberato)

    North America

    North America isn’t the best location to find pyramids but, much to the surprise of many, there are a few to be found there. Most North American pyramids resemble stair stacked mounds of dirt, such as Munks Mount at Cahokia near Collinsville, Illinois. These mounds were believed to be involved in religious rites; however there are no conclusive studies as to their exact use. There are also Etowah Mounds in Cartersville, Georgia and Miamisburg Mound in Ohio. Notice, both sites are called mounds instead of pyramids, though the shape seems to be very like what can be found in Egypt. There are a few guides to American pyramids and packages available, but make sure you find a professional guide who knows the drill.

    Cahokia’s Monk’s Mound


    Central and North America

    Pyramids here are exclusively Mayan and take much of their style from the Babylonians. They have large stepped levels with a center stair case. Alters, shrines and temples can normally be found at the top. Built for Lord Pacal in around 683 A.D, the Pyramid of Inscription is the most well known of the ones found in Central America. Other pyramids of note in Central America are the Pyramid of Kukulkan and the ancient city of Teotihuacan, which was built around 100 BC. The Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon are the largest two of about 600 structures found on this site. Guides are easy to find, but speaking Spanish can do wonders as not all of the best guides speak English.

    Ancient Aztec pyramids at Teotihuacan

    The Mayan temple

    South America

    Dating from 2600BC to 2000BC, the Caral Pyramids are in the Lima region of Peru. Few pyramids can be found in South America though, mostly because the ruins here are not well preserved. San Isidro in Peru is home to an adobe pyramid that has been restored. It was originally built around 800 BC. Another, Huaca Larga, boasts the distinction of being the largest found in South America. Interestingly enough, they believe it was originally much larger than it is now, even up to thrice its current size.

    Pyramid at Caral

    Greece

    Though well hidden, there are 16 known Greek pyramids, most of which are monuments to those lost in battle. One such battle, the Battle of Hysiai, left behind ruins dating back to 669 B.C. The only two fully intact ones are at Helleniko and Ligourio, but the other ruins are now being carefully maintained to preserve history. Studies give evidence to prove they are nothing like their Egyptian counterparts which were built for religious purposes. Guides are abundant at the towns closest to the ruins.

    Helliniko Greek Pyramid

    Europe

    Even if the so called Bosnian Pyramids were declared a ‘cruel hoax’ after intense research, a few pyramids do exist in Europe. Most showed up here due to what is believed to be Christian influence. European pyramids have extremely sharp angles and tend to be very tall, with small bases. The Cathedral in San Salvador is one; constructed between 791 and 842 A.D. European style incorporated the old with the new in their design and in so doing saved the heritage of the few pyramids they have.

    Cathedral

    Modern Pyramids

    The art of building pyramids, helped by modern machinery now, has not faded; the mystique remains and we are still enthralled by the grandeur. The Louvre Pyramid in Paris is a functional pyramid that leads into the Louvre Museum. While some gloat at the magnificence of a modern pyramid made of glass and metal, others call the controversial Louvre Pyramid the ultimate American designed wart on the face of Paris. The controversy ebbs from Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code; an interesting read, even if they say he took artistic liberties.
    Transamerica Pyramid, the Pyramid Arena, the Walter Pyramid and Vegas’s gem the Luxor Hotel are just a few other modern pyramids that catch the eye.

    The Transamerican Pyramid

    The Louvre Pyramid, Paris

    Influence in the design may vary from country to country, but when exploring, you can find evidence of pyramids world wide. Look closely when visiting other countries; see how many used the design of pyramids to inspire other buildings. No matter where you travel to look, the one constant is amazement at the perseverance of the ancient civilizations that created them.

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    20 comments on “Pyramids around the World”

    1. Agnès says on April 9, 2008 at 10:21 pm:

      Is it true the Louvre Pyramid has 666 glass panes, and that it is the number of Satan? (yah, I know my source is The Da Vinci Code)

    2. Gianni Mancini says on April 9, 2008 at 10:29 pm:

      I don’t see how the Cathedral in San Salvador is a pyramid…every cone shaped tower is a pyramid now?!?

    3. Sherry says on April 9, 2008 at 10:46 pm:

      Why mix modern with ancient pyramids? The ancient ones are fascinating enough, the modern ones detract from the history and beauty of the ancient ones. Of course, I’m really into history, so maybe thats why it hits me wrong.

    4. Thai Hotel Expert says on September 27, 2008 at 9:25 pm:

      The modern ones are also nice but cannot compared to the ancient ones I think.

    5. Adrian Potkins says on June 13, 2009 at 7:50 pm:

      Hey you forgot to mention the pyramids of Nuri and Gebel Barkel of Sudan Africa… On the river Nile!
      They are ancient and were most probably modelled off the acient pyramids of Egypt.

    6. Lawrence says on January 6, 2010 at 8:08 pm:

      I have trouble beliving that “Primitive peoples” whom wore feathers and animal skins built these monuments, maybe a high tech race that killed itself off or even E T’s but I still want proof!

    7. Raleigh says on February 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm:

      I agree! Ancient pyramids were built through the course of a natural cycle. This is why we see them around the world. When we witness armegedon (caused by self destruction) perhaps through a new beginning we will repeat history and build new pyramids. It’s the process of we go through when we become enlightened. Today we are in the state of self corruption. Modern pyrimads are a product of our current state of stupidity.

    8. laura cosby says on March 11, 2010 at 9:37 pm:

      this is going to be so good for a project im doing

    9. DD says on March 15, 2010 at 2:09 pm:

      Ancient Egypt is the most amazing place on this earth. Wish i was intelligent enough to be an Egypthologyst.

    10. beth says on March 28, 2010 at 10:04 am:

      you did not tell me what i wanted

    11. raj says on April 22, 2010 at 11:04 am:

      thiis Pyramids tells us ancient storys and the person who rule the country is sleeping in the casket . . .

    12. Dan says on April 25, 2010 at 11:50 pm:

      Chichen Itza Pyramid is the mostbeautiful, its just amazing.

    13. Dani says on May 14, 2010 at 12:29 am:

      This is awesome but does any1 know all the countries that pyramids can be found in?

    14. John says on June 18, 2010 at 5:42 am:

      Agnès says on April 9th, 2008 at 10:21 pm:
      Is it true the Louvre Pyramid has 666 glass panes, and that it is the number of Satan? (yah, I know my source is The Da Vinci Code)
      Shame 666 is not the number of Satan 999 is since the original information according to many texts have proven this fact The Da Vinci Code information was wrongfully translated. According to 1\2 the proper information 666 seen under water will be 999 and vice versa.

    15. harold villavicencio says on July 23, 2010 at 8:34 am:

      the Mayan pyramid was used for look out of their incoming enemies the reason of that is to protect there clan and their city… well you believe that there are many cities that was hidden in Mexico? there all buried beneath the ground some were sunk until the remains of pyramid in Mexico were few. did you know that two thousand years ago the mexico was the most advance city in the world? if youre interested to know email me then…

    16. Dr.Thaxton says on August 24, 2010 at 3:58 pm:

      I like the one with the foutain water.I like how it’s structured.

    17. hannah says on August 24, 2010 at 3:59 pm:

      nice

    18. ashtya reid says on August 24, 2010 at 4:01 pm:

      these pyrmids are great . wish could see!

    19. Dr.Thaxton says on August 24, 2010 at 4:04 pm:

      :) :D :P

    20. ed hernandez says on June 27, 2011 at 12:12 am:

      By ou can findthe way Mexico is located in north America & you can find pyramids en Mexico.FYI Mexico is not located in central america.

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