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Pyramids of the World
The First Pyramid
The first pyramid, the Pyramid of Djoser, appeared in the Saqqara region of Egypt. It was built in 27th Century BC for the final resting place of Pharaoh Djoser.
Pyramids were later said to be "stairways to the heavens". Often used as a tomb or burial sight, it was popular belief that being buried within a pyramid would help ensure a safe passage to heaven for all buried within.
~1~ Egyptian: Pyramids of Saqqara and Dahshur Constructed: 2667-2575 BC
~2~ Roman: Pyramid of Cestius Constructed: 12BC
~3~ Mexican: Great Pyramid of Cholula Constructed: 200BC-AD800
~4~ European: Pyramids of Güímar Constructed: 19th Century
Egyptian Pyramids of Saqqara and Dahshur
The pharaohs selected Dahshur and Saqqara as the resting place for their monarchs during the sixth dynasty. Their ruler during the period (2667-2575BC) was a man named Snefru; he is known for ordering the construction of both the Red Pyramid, as well as, the Bent Pyramid.
Roman Pyramid of Cestius
The romans ventured to Egypt around the time of 30BC. They must have liked what they saw because it did not take long before the first Roman pyramid was constructed. Caius Cestius, a roman magistrate, decided he was to be placed in his own pyramid at his demise. Apparently, he got his wish and died young and can now be found in a tomb within the Pyramid of Cestius.
Mexican Great Pyramid of Cholula
Defying appearance, the Pyramid of Cholula is on of the world's largest pyramids. It is often mistaken for a giant hill with a church resting at the top; however, it is actually a monument constructed of several pyramids stacked one on top of the other. The conquistadors decided years ago to construct the church on top to use as their place of worship.
Visitors rave about the mysterious caves and tunnels burrowing beneath the hilltop. It is stated to be an "Indiana Jones" type experience.
European Pyramids of Güímar
The Pyramids of Güímar are the equivalent of six rectangular pyramid-shaped, terraced structures, built from lava stones and located in Spain.