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Top Largest Pyramids in the World – 6 Pyramid of the Sun


Friday, October 24th, 2014

The Pyramid of the Sun is one of the largest and ancient Mexico’s structures in Teotihuacan. It is also the third largest pyramid in the world. The original purpose to build this pyramid is still unknown, though archaeologists believe it originally had an altar on top of the Pyramid. Therefore, it most likely was built to honour a deity. The Pyramid of the Sun was completed in 200 A.D. It is near about 700 feet wide and 200 feet high. The pyramid is part of a large complex in the heart of the city and it was built on top of a cave which was discovered in 1970. The cave ends in the shape of a four-leaf clover with four chambers and it’s over 100 yards long. It’s believed that the ancient Mexico caves were a passageways to the underworld. This cave may have been a “place of emergence”—the “womb” from which the first humans came into the world in central Mexican thought. Caves are a key part of symbolic imagery associated with creation myths and the underworld throughout Mesoamerican history. The location and orientation of this cave may have been the impetus for the Pyramid of the Sun’s alignment and construction.

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The pyramid was constructed in two phases. The first phase construction resulted in its completed size of 738 feet (224.942 meters) across and 246 feet (75 meters) high. It makes it the third largest pyramid in the world. The second phase also saw the construction of an altar atop of the pyramid, which has not survived into modern times. The Adosada platform was added to the pyramid in the early third century, at around the same time that the Ciudadela and Temple of the Feathered Serpent, Teotihuacan Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent were constructed.

While the pyramid has endured for centuries, the paint and plaster and pyramid part have not and are no longer visible. Jaguar heads and paws, stars, and snake rattles are among the few images associated with the pyramids.

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Top Largest Pyramids in the World – 3 The Great Pyramid of Cholula


Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The Great Pyramid of Cholula is a huge complex located in Cholula, ten minutes outside of Puebla on the old highway to Mexico City. It’s also known as Tlachihualtepetl and the largest archaeological site of a pyramid in the New World. The pyramid stands 55 metres (180 ft) above the surrounding plain and in its final form it measured 400 by 400 metres (1,300 by 1,300 ft). Originally it was constructed over 2000 years ago. It was a traditional temple dedicated to the god Quetzalcoatl. The architectural style of the building was linked closely to that of Teotihuacan in the Valley of Mexico, although influence from the Gulf Coast also is evident, especially from El Tajin.

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In ancient times, Cholula was a religious capital of Mexico. The Great Pyramid of Cholula was constructed in four stages and it was dedicated to the god Quetzalcoatl. It started from the 3rd century BCE through the 9th century CE. The pyramid was constructed along with affiliated temples and it was carried out by various groups over hundreds of years. It has a base of 450 by 450 metres and a height of 66 m. According to the Guinness Book of Records, it is the largest pyramid in the world, even larger than that of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. The ceramics of Cholula were closely linked to those of Teotihuacan and both sites appeared to decline simultaneously. The Postclassic Aztecs believed that Xelhua built the Great Pyramid of Cholula.

At first glance, the Pyramid just looks like a grassy hill crowned by a church. But if you climb the unreconstructed pyramid beside it, you can plainly see the geometric outline of the original structure, which rises from the ground into four levels. Archaeologists have reconstructed one side of one of the lower segments of the pyramid and have dug some five miles of tunnels into the pyramid, which visitors are free to explore.

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