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The 10 most important pyramids in the world

1. The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt

The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the 3 pyramids of Giza. It is also the only ancient and standing structure of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Great Pyramid was built about 2560 – 2540 BC, with a height of 146.5 meters (481 ft). The Pyramids of Giza are listed as a cultural heritage site

2. El Castillo, Chichen Itza, Mexico

El Castillo, also known as the Kukulcan Temple, is the largest and most important building in Chichen Itza. The pyramid consists of a series of square shelves with steps on either side. It is 30 meters (98 ft) long, including the upper temple. Chichen Itza was a large pre-Columbian city inhabited by the Maya. It was one of the largest Maya cities and was a major center north of the low Maya for centuries. Today, Chichen Itza is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico with about 1.2 million visitors each year. Chichen Itza is also a cultural heritage site

3. Pyramid of Cestius, Rome, Italy

A small ancient pyramid in Rome. The small pyramid is considered one of the oldest well-preserved ancient buildings in Rome. It was built around 18 BC – 12 BC as the tomb of Gaius Cestius, and is exactly the size of 100 Roman feet (29.6 m) square feet and reaches a height of 125 meters (37 meters).

4. Pyramid Of The Sun, Teotihuacán, Mexico

The magnificent pyramid is the largest structure in Teotihuacan – a pre-Columbian Mesoamerican city, 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Mexico City. The pyramid is 71 meters (233 ft) tall

5. Red Pyramid (North Pyramid), Egypt

Another beautiful pyramid in Egypt. It is the largest of the three largest towers in the Dahshur necropolis, at an altitude of 104 meters (341 ft). The North Pyramid is called the Red Pyramid because of the reddish-brown color of its granite rocks.

6. Magic Pyramid, Mexico

Also known as the Pyramid of the Dwarf, this Mesoamerican step pyramid is located in the ancient Pre-Columbian city of Uxmal, Mexico, with its tallest and most visible structure. The exact height is opposed but only 35 meters (115 ft). Round and sloping sides are some of the unique features of this pyramid

7. Nubian pyramids, Jebel Barkal, Sudan

The Nubian pyramids were built by the Cushite empires in Nubia – an area in the Nile valley. Today the site is in Sudan, but at the time of its construction it was part of Egypt. Jebel Barkal is a small mountain village in Nubia that served as the site of the royal tombs where kings and queens were buried in towers. These pyramids date back to the 3rd century BC, and were the first Egyptian pyramids to be built over 500 years ago.

8. Great Jaguar Temple, Tikal Temples, Guatemala

The Great Jaguar Temple, or Tikal 1, is the largest temple tower in Tikal – one of the largest archaeological sites and centers of pre-Columbian Maya civilization. The temple dates back to about 732 AD and is 47 feet (155 ft) long.

9. Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas, United States

For a few thousand years, the Luxor Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip is a 30-story hotel and the second largest hotel in Las Vegas. It opened in 1993 and provides 4,407 rooms in an Egyptian suburb

10. Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea

The 105-story building is located in Pyongyang. Construction of a large pyramid was completed in 2011 after a number of delays. This pyramid reaches a height of 330.02 meters (1,082.7 ft)

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