Most people associate Pyramids with Egypt, but those are far from being the only pyramids on earth. In fact, there’s quite a few of them around the globe, built during different times by various civilizations. What can we say, pyramids were really cool for a while. It’s almost like they were the most popular trend in ancient architecture. It’s still difficult to imagine and truly understand how the pyramids were built considering the technology available in ancient times and the size and weight of blocks that make them up. And a lot of the time pyramids were used as burial sights, which makes you wonder why would anyone put so much labour into a burial site. But nevertheless, a lot of those pyramids stood the test of time and remain until this day more or less intact thousands of years after they were built. Let’s take a look at 7 ancient pyramids around the world.
1. Khafre and Khufu Pyramids
These two surviving Pyramids of Giza were built from limestone 4500 years ago. They were built for kings Khufu and Khafre, as the name suggests, and are considered to be the most famous ancient monuments. Khufu, also known as the Great Pyramid, is the only surviving structure of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
2. Bent Pyramid
This is an unusual pyramid. It has a very strange bent shape, which is where the name comes from of course. It was constructed sometime between 2613 and 3589 BC, during the reign of Pharaoh Sneferu. What gives this pyramid its unique shape is the transition in the wall structure from step-sides and smooth sides.
3. Mayan Pyramids of Tikal
The Mayan city of Tikal was originally the home to a complex of 24 pyramids. They were built out of limestone around 732 AD. This is one of the largest sites of pre-Columbian civilization. Temple IV is the tallest pyramids in Tikal, but the Tikal Temple, a.k.a the Temple of the Jaguar is probably the most well known and most visited pyramid in Tikal.