10 Most Amazing True Pyramids of the World
10 Most Amazing True Pyramids of the World – Ancient civilizations all around the world constructed step pyramids as seen from the Amazing Step Pyramids list. Since the ancient Egyptians built the step pyramid of Djoser yet they soon changed the design into the straight-sided true pyramid. The true pyramid’s design was used around 2600 BC and kept on to be the favoured form for royal burial until the Egyptian stopped building pyramids entirely in 1550 BC.
For their own tombs, the later civilizations took inspiration from the Egyptians and even now many architects have used the shape of pyramid as a design for all kinds of buildings including casinos, hotels, and skyscrapers. So, the top 10 list of true pyramids is made-up of all sorts of true pyramids around the world, covering a time span of over 4,500 years.
1. Pyramids of Giza
The Giza necropolis, located in the near vicinity of the southwest suburbs of Cairo is possibly the most famous ancient site on earth. The pyramids in Giza were constructed more than the span of three generations; by Khufu, Khafre (his second reigning son), and Menkaure. The Great Pyramid of Khufu is known as the oldest and only remnant of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Over two million blocks of stone were used to build the pyramid, during a twenty-year period concluding around 2560 BC. The pyramid is 455 feet (139 meters) high making it Egypt’s largest pyramid, although nearby Pyramid of Khafre looks to be larger as it is built at a higher elevation.
2. Red Pyramid
Still not happy with the result of his last pyramid, Pharaoh Sneferu began the construction of yet another pyramid which taking 10 years and 7 months to finish. As the Bent Pyramid’s upper section with the identical shallow 43 degree angle, the Red Pyramid is the first successful attempt at constructing a true pyramid in the world. At 104 meters it is the fourth highest pyramid ever constructed in Egypt. What really makes the Red Pyramid special now is the comparatively unregulated interior access and the lack of crowds which plagues the Giza Plateau.
3. Bent Pyramid
The Bent Pyramid situated at Dahshur was the second pyramid constructed by pharaoh Sneferu. It rises mysteriously from the desert at 55 degrees angle and then suddenly changes to be more gradual 43 degrees angle. One theory says that due to the steepness of the authentic angle the weight to be added over the inner chambers and passageways got to large, which forcing the builders to lift a shallower angle. Now, the Bent Pyramid is the sole pyramid in Egypt of which the polished limestone’s outer casing is still largely intact.
Along the Nile River in ancient Meroëhe, The most extensive pyramid site of Nubia lies northern of Khartoum. The oldest pyramid of the sites dates to the end of the sixth or fifth century BC. Meroë stayed the royal cemetery for approximately 600 years and nearly 40 generations of Nubian royalty are buried at the sites.
5. Pyramid of Meidum
The mysterious tower-like pyramid of Meidum is located five miles south of Saqqara in Egypt, which now scarcely resembles a typical pyramid at all. During the reign of the 4th Dynasty pharaoh Sneferu, the pyramid was probably constructed, despite it is believed by some that the pyramid might have been started by Huni, Sneferu’s predecessor. During its construction, the steps of the pyramid were filled with encasing limestone at some points which marking the ancient Egyptians’ first attempt at the construction of a true pyramid.
6. Gebel Barkal
The ancient Egyptians were not the only pyramid constructor in Africa. To the south, the Nubian Kingdom of Kush situated in modern-day Sudan. It’s cultural was heavily influenced by its neighbor Egypt. They also built pyramids to serve as tombs for their royal families. In fact, around 220 true pyramids were eventually constructed at the three sites in Nubia, almost double the number of pyramids in Egypt. In early third century BC, King Arnekhameni, chose Gebel Barkal for his pyramid tomb and those of hiss queens. While his immediate successors preferred to construct their tombs at Meroë, during the 2nd and 1st centuries BC more royalty construct their pyramids at Gebel Barkal.
7. Luxor Hotel
The Luxor was among the first of a decade long wave of new mega resorts to arise on the Las Vegas Strip in the 1990s. Opened in 1993 after only eighteen months of building, the Luxor debuted with 120,000 square feet of casino area, a billed 2,526 guest rooms and suites, restaurants, a showroom, and amusement venues on its second floor. Its 30-story steel and glass pyramid is three quarters the size of the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt.
8. Pyramid of Cestius
Around 18 BC – 12 BC the Pyramid of Cestius in Rome was built as a tomb for Gaius Cestius Epulo. The brick-faced concrete of the pyramids covered with white carrara marble and measuring precisely 125 Roman feet (27 m) high and 100 Roman feet (22 m) square at the base. It is believed that the pyramid was modeled on the true pyramids in Nubia, which Rome assaulted in 23 BC, as opposed to the much less steeply-tapered pyramids of Egypt.
9. Ryugyong Hotel
The North Korean government started the construction of a mega hotel in 1987, seemingly as a response to a South Korean company’s accomplishment, the Stamford Hotel in Singapore the previous year. Due to financial difficulties leaving the city of Pyongyang a strange and unfinished pyramid skyscraper of 330 meters in height, the construction of the Hotel of Doom was plagued with troubles from the start and ceased entirely after 5 years. It’s the country’s largest structure and the world’s 24th tallest building by far. Due to photo manipulation, official photos of Pyongyang often display the Ryugyong Hotel illuminated at night.
10. Transamerica Pyramid
The Transamerica Pyramid which is located in the heart of the Financial District, is San Francisco‘s other renowned icon besides the Golden Gate. According to William L. Pereira, its architect, a pyramid is the ideal form for skyscrapers, providing the advantage of letting more light and air in the streets below. The Transamerica Pyramid has a height of 260 meters (85 feet) which was finished in 1972.