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

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.


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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