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Largest Pyramids

The Largest Pyramids can be found all around the World, with the earliest being constructed about 4000 BC in the area of modern day Iraq.

Listed below are the largest Pyramids by height or actual bulk.

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Egypt Pyramids, 2,600 BC, 481 feet high, largest by height.

Of the 138 Pyramids known in Egypt, there were only five large true Pyramids built of solid rock, each taking around 20 years to build.

Khufu, or, sometimes referred to as Cheops, built the Great Pyramid at Gisa, 481 feet high with 51º sides. Khafre, built the second largest pyramid at Gisa, 471 feet high with 53º sides. Snefru built the Red Pyramid 341 feet high with sides at 43º, and the Bent Pyramid at 338 feet high. Menkaure, built the third pyramid at Gisa, 218 feet high with 51º sides.

Although the highest Pyramids, they are not the largest by bulk, as, other Pyramids have larger bases then the Great Pyramid of Gisa that has sides about 754 feet in length at the base. The Pyramids at Gisa are situated about 10 miles southwest of the centre of Cairo.

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Sun Pyramid

Pyramid of the Sun, 100 AD, 233 feet high, Mexico.

The Pyramid of the Sun is the largest Pyramid in Teotihuacan, a huge archaeological site in Mexico. The sides of this Pyramid at the base are 733 feet, similar in size to the Great Pyramid at Gisa in Egypt, with sides of 754 feet.

The Pyramid of the Sun is regarded as the 2nd largest stone Pyramid, only the Great Pyramid at Gisa in Egypt is regarded as larger, although the three Egypt Pyramids, Snefru's Bent & Red Pyramids, & Khafre's Pyramid at Gisa, may be larger when taking into account the base size plus height.

The Pyramid of the Moon is the second largest building in Teotihuacan at 140 feet high. The Pyramid of the Sun is situated about 25 miles northeast of Mexico City.

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Pyramid of Cholula

Great Pyramid of Cholula, 200 BC, 217 feet high, Mexico, largest by bulk.

The Great Pyramid of Cholula is a huge complex in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico. This Pyramid looks like a natural hill with a Church on top.

The sides at the base are 1476x1476 feet, making it the largest Pyramid in the world by bulk. Inside the Pyramid are about 5 miles of Tunnels that have been excavated by archaeologists.

The Great Pyramid of Cholula is situated about 78 miles southeast of Mexico City.

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Chinese Pyramids, 210 BC, 249 feet high, second largest by bulk.

The largest of the many Pyramids in China is believed to be the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang. The original height was said to be 249 ft, present height is 154 ft, and the size of the sides at the base is 1,171 ft by 1,161 ft.

These Pyramids are built of earth and stone with a flat top. The Chinese planted trees on some to make them look like natural hills. The Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang also contains the Terracotta Army. This Pyramid is situated about 21 miles northeast of X'ian.

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Sri Ranganathaswamy

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, 13 AD, 239 feet high, India.

The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ranganatha, largest of the Pyramid Temples in India. The Temple occupies an area of 156 acres.

This Temple is the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world, with Angkor Wat in Cambodia being the largest non-functioning Temple.

The second largest Temple in India is the impressive Brihadeeswarar Temple.

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Borobudur Temple, 800 AD, 115 feet high, Indonesia.

Borobudur is a 1800s Mahayana Buddhist monument in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument is built of six square platforms with three circular platforms on top, and decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues.

The sides of this Pyramid at the base are 387 feet. Borobudur is said to have been abandoned following the decline of Buddhist and Hindu kingdoms in Java in the 1300s, with the Javanese conversion to Islam.

Worldwide knowledge of its existence came about in 1814, when Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, British ruler of Java, was shown its location by native Indonesians.

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Pyramid of the Magician, 100 AD, 115 feet high? Mexico.

The Pyramid of the Magician is a step Pyramid in the ancient City of Uxmal in Mexico. The structure is also referred to as the Pyramid of the Dwarf, and Pyramid of the Soothsayer.

This Pyramid is the highest and most known in Uxmal. The Pyramid fell into disrepair after 1000 A.D. and looted during the Spanish Conquest of Yucatan. The first account of the ruins was published by Jean-Frederic Waldeck in 1838. Situated about 840 miles southeast of Mexico City, 237 miles west of Cancun.

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El Castillo, 10 AD, 98 feet high, Mexico.

El Castillo is a large Mesoamerican step Pyramid in the center of the Chichen Itza site in the Mexican state of Yucatan.

Built by the pre-Columbian Maya, said to be between the 10th and 13th centuries AD, El Castillo served as a temple to the god Kukulkan. Situated about 124 miles west of Cancun.

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Ziggurat of Ur

Great Ziggurat of Ur, 210 BC, 64 feet high, Iraq.

The Ziggurat at Ur in Iraq is a huge stepped pyramid about 210 by 150 feet in size. It is the best preserved monument from the age of the Sumerians, made up of successively smaller platforms, rising to a height of about 64 feet.

The Ziggurat was built with a solid core of mud-brick, covered by a thick layer of more durable burnt-brick.

There are 32 ziggurats known in the area. Twenty-eight are in Iraq, and four in Iran. These are beleived to have been the first Pyramids in the world, with the earliest built around 4000 BC. Situated in central Iraq between Baghdad and Basrah close to Nasiriyah.

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