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10 Amazing Pyramids

I guess we all know what a pramid is. After the ancient Egyptians constructed the step pyramid of Djoser however they soon changed their design into the straight-sided true pyramid. The design of the true pyramid was used around 2600 BC and continued to be the favored form for royal burial until 1550 BC when the Egyptian stopped building pyramids entirely.

Now, that the history lesson is all over, I wonder if you knew that there are more recent and cooler such structures around the world. I’m guessing you didn’t, so here is a list of the 10 most amazing pyramids out there, just in case you’re in the mood for a trip.

10. Transamerica Pyramid

Transamerica Pyramid

Located in the heart of the Financial District, the Transamerica Pyramid is San Francisco‘s other famous icon besides the Golden Gate. Finished in 1972, the Transamerica Pyramid has a height of 260 meters (85 feet).

9. Ryugyong Hotel

Ryugyong Hotel

In 1987 the North Korean government began the construction of a mega hotel, apparently as a response to a South Korean company’s completion of the Stamford Hotel in Singapore the previous year. It’s by far the largest structure in the country and the world’s 24th tallest building.

8. Pyramid of Cestius

Pyramid of Cestius

The Pyramid of Cestius in Rome was built around 18 BC – 12 BC as a tomb for Gaius Cestius Epulo. It is of brick-faced concrete covered with white carrara marble and measuring exactly 100 Roman feet (22 m) square at the base and 125 Roman feet (27 m) high.

7. Luxor Hotel

Luxor Hotel

Opened in 1993 after only eighteen months of construction, the Luxor debuted with a billed 2,526 guest rooms and suites, 120,000 square feet of casino area, a showroom, restaurants, and entertainment venues on its second floor. Its 30-story glass and steel pyramid is three-quarters the size of its model, the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt.

6. Gebel Barkal

Gebel Barkal

The ancient Egyptians were not the only pyramid builders in Africa. To the south, the Nubian Kingdom of Kush, located in modern-day Sudan, culturally heavily influenced by its neighbor Egypt, also built pyramids to serve as tombs for their kings and queens. In fact, approximately 220 true pyramids were eventually constructed at three sites in Nubia, almost double the number of Egyptian pyramids.

5. Pyramid of Meidum

Pyramid of Meidum

Five miles south of Saqqara in Egypt stands the mysterious tower-like pyramid of Meidum, which today scarcely resembles a typical pyramid at all. The pyramid was probably built during the reign of the 4th Dynasty pharaoh Sneferu, although it is believed by some that the pyramid may have been started by Sneferu’s predecessor, Huni.

4. Meroe

Meroe

The most extensive pyramid site of Nubia lies north of Khartoum, along the Nile River in ancient Meroë. The oldest pyramid at the sites dates to the end of the 6th or 5th century BC. Meroë remained the royal cemetery for around 600 years and almost 40 generations of Nubian royalty are buried here.

3. Bent Pyramid

Bent Pyramid

The Beny Pyramid located at Dahshur was the second pyramid built by pharaoh Sneferu. Mysteriously, this true pyramid rises from the desert at an angle of 55 degrees and then suddenly changes to a more gradual angle of 43 degrees. Today, the Bent Pyramid is the only pyramid in Egypt of which the outer casing of polished limestone is still largely intact.

2. Red Pyramid

Red Pyramid

Pharaoh Sneferu, still not happy with the result of his last pyramid, started the construction of yet another one, taking 10 years and 7 months to complete. With the same shallow 43 degree angle as the upper section of the Bent Pyramid, the Red Pyramid is the world’s first successful attempt at constructing a true pyramid.

1. Pyramids of Giza

Pyramids of Giza

The Giza necropolis, situated in the immediate vicinity of the southwestern suburbs of Cairo is probably the most famous ancient site in the world. The pyramids in Giza were built over the span of three generations by Khufu, his second reigning son Khafre, and Menkaure. The Great Pyramid of Khufu is the oldest and sole remnant of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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