Like monasteries and temples, pyramids have an unprecedented appeal to tourists. And that’s not so crazy: these kinds of buildings represent a great cultural value. This way you learn a lot about the local people’s uses.
10. Ryugyonghotel – North Korea
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The skyline of the North Korean city of Pyongyang is decorated by the Ryugyong Hotel. It is a 330-meter high-rise building consisting of 105 floors, built in a pyramid style. The floor area is no less than 360,000 square meters. Although the building is completed, there are no windows and doors attached. There has never been a statement, which shows that the Rygyonghotel is safe. In 2008, the Egyptian contractor Orascom began to renovate the exterior of the hotel. For more than 16 years, nothing was done. Whether or not when the inside is tackled is still unclear.
9. Luxor Hotel – United States
On October 15, 1993, the opening of the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. The architect has inspired by ancient Egypt: this hotel – made entirely of glass – has many similarities with the Pyramid of Cheops. Of course the decor is also very special. This has an IMAX Theater. And the hotel is connected via a monorail to two adjacent casinos. A variety of Egyptian elements are also available. For example, you can see the tomb of Toetanchamon: it has been rebuilt. And at the entrance you are excited by a sphinx.
8. Pyramid of the Great Jaguar – Guatemala
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In the year 730 a special building in Guatemala was revealed: the Pyramid of the Great Jaguar. This pyramid is also known as Tikal Temple I. The building is built according to the Peténstijl. They recognize you on the steep base, made up of stairs, on top of a relatively small temple. The temple consists of nine floors. As it was very common in this culture, a room stands entirely in the name of God Kukulcan. In the meantime, the Tikal complex has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
7. Nubian pyramids at Djebel Barkal – Sudan
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This was done by UNESCO in 2003 for Mount Djebel Barkal and its pyramids. Although the mountain is only 98 meters high and used by merchants as a navigation point – in addition, you had a view of Egypt, Central Africa and Arabia – you considered Djebel Barkal as a sacred mountain. The ancient Egyptians were convinced that Amon chief god lived here. That’s why they built various pyramids around Djebel Barkal. These are known as the Nubian pyramids. Later this area came into the hands of the Koesjites.They used the pyramids as a cemetery for their kings.
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6. The Magician’s Pyramid – Mexico
According to an ancient legend, the Wizard’s Pyramid – located on the Mexican Peninsula Yucatán – was built for just one night. That could only be the work of a wizard. In this case, the wizard’s son is a dwarf, who just came from an egg. Either way, you now know why this pyramid is called so. In fact, it has worked for centuries for the construction of the imposing structure, which consists of five different temples. The Wizard Pyramid is 42 meters high. Unfortunately, you can not climb it anymore.
5. Snofroe Red Pyramid – Egypt
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The red pyramid carries that name because the limestone with which the pyramid is built has a red glow. In addition, the pyramid was not always red, before it was a white white turquoise stone.However, during the Middle Ages these stones were used to build in Cairo. There are only a few white stones left over. The red pyramid is 104 meters high. Through the north – at an altitude of 28 meters – you reach the entrance. Then you can walk into three rooms. One of them, the third, was designed as a tomb chamber. According to the stories, Snofroe is here ravaged. Therefore, this pyramid is also referred to as the pyramid of Snofroe. The rooms are relatively simply furnished. In this respect, this pyramid is similar to that of Cheops.
4. Pyramid of the Sun – Mexico
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The pyramid of the sun is built in two stages. The first phase took place around the year 100. Then the builders managed to deliver most of this pyramid. Two centuries later – phase two – one temple was built on the top of the platform with an altar. Unfortunately, it has not been preserved. The pyramid of the sun is a large structure: the ground area is 225 by 225 meters. This pyramid is about 72 meters high.The ratio between the ground area and the height is also called the golden cut.
3. Pyramid of Cestius – Italy
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Italy also has a pyramid, that of Cestius. This people’s tribunal had a fascination developed for ancient Egypt. And for the pyramids! He wanted to be buried in a pyramid, so he determined in his will. Of its legacy, a 36.5 meter high pyramid was built with a surface area of 29.5 meters. The building is made of brick on a surface of travertine. The outside is covered with marble plates. Want to take a look? The pyramid of Cestius is just outside of Rome. On the Via Ostiensis, to be exact.
2. Pyramid of Kukulcán – Mexico
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Back to Mexico, to the Yucatán Peninsula. Here are the remains of the Kukulcán pyramid. In the history books, this temple built in the ninth century is also called El Castillo. It’s a stairramid: stairs are on all sides. It consists of 91 steps. The plateau – on which a temple was built – forms the 92nd tree. Twice a year, the pyramid of Kukulcán is the setting for a special spectacle. During a certain day in spring and autumn, the shadows on the stairs take on the form of moving hoses.
1. Pyramids of Giza – Egypt
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For the most special pyramids you must be in Egypt. Here are the Giza Pyramids. This complex includes the Pyramid of Cheops (the Great), the Pyramid of Chefren and the Mycerinus Pyramid. Here are some smaller pyramids around. And on the east side is the world-famous sphinx of Giza. This pyramid bulb was built around 2500 BC.
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