Beyond Giza: 8 Pyramids Found Across the Globe
The great pyramids of Australia? Uhm, is that a typo?
They say all roads lead to Rome…and pyramids…and pyramids in Rome, somehow. Far from the grand monuments of ancient Egypt’s civilization exists a series of similar giant gravity-defying vertically-pointed labyrinthine stone puzzles all throughout the globe.
From the stunning stepped pyramids of Mexico to the intricately carved Prang Temple of Cambodia, each pyramid tells a unique story of the civilization that built it, and we’re here to tell you all about them - or specifically eight of them.
The Pyramid of the Sun
Built around 200 AD, the Pyramid of the Sun stood as the centrepiece of the sprawling ancient city of Teotihuacan, and is now one of the major tourist attractions in the world - talk about a successful pyramid scheme.
The Ballandean Pyramid
Here’s a fun one, got a few extra rocks? Build a pyramid! At least that’s what Queensland local Peter Watters did back in 2006 with his surplus of granite rocks. (How does one even come across a surplus of granite rocks?). Since the ‘pyramid’ is on a private property, one can only gaze at its y2k grandeur from afar.
Dominating the centre of the Chichen Itza archaeological site in Yucatan, Mexico, El Castillo is a remarkable pyramid dating back approximately to the 10th century AD that showcases the Mayan civilization's skill and artistry. With its steep steps (to-may-to, to-mah-to) and intricate carvings, El Castillo continues to captivate visitors from around the world.
Koh Ker, Cambodia
Built in the 10th century AD, the temple is adorned with intricate carvings and sculptures depicting Hindu deities, and possesses a unique aesthetic that sets it apart from other Khmer structures. Covered in greenery and overtaken by nature, the temple exudes an otherworldly allure.
Tomb of Kashta
A remnant of the Sudanese Kingdom of Kush, the Tomb of Kashta is believed to be the final resting place of the ruler Kashta, who played a significant role in the kingdom's expansion and prosperity. Located in Meroe, the capital city of the old Kingdom, the pyramid continues to captivate visitors with its unique elongated structure, stunning beauty and rich historical significance.
A pyramid for a throne? Sure, not extravagant at all! Built around the 8th century AD and located in the Peten Basin region of Guatemala, the Tikal pyramid - also known as the temple of the great jaguar - possesses all the distinct characteristics of Mayan architecture.
Located in Java, Indonesia and similar to the Prang Temple in Cambodia, the Sukuh Temple is a Hindu-inspired pyramid-shaped structure that dates back to the 15th century. With unique intricate carvings and sculptures that depict scenes from Hindu mythology, the structure showcases the enduring influence of the culture in Southeast Asia.
The Pyramid of Cestius
All roads lead to Rome and we are glad to report that we have arrived at our destination. Built as a tomb for Roman senator Gaius Cestius sometime around 18 BC to 12 BC, this Roman pyramid is one of the best preserved ancient structures in the world due to its existence within a fortified Rome.
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