Comparing Pyramids Around The World

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Comparing Pyramids Around The World by Mind Map: Comparing Pyramids Around The World

1. North American pyramids

1.1. Many mound-building societies of ancient North America built large pyramidal earth structures known as platform mounds.

1.1.1. Among the largest and best-known of these structures is Monk's Mound at the site of Cahokia, which has a base larger than that of the Great Pyramid at Giza. While the North American mounds' precise function is not known, they are believed to have played a central role in the mound-building people's religious life.

2. Nubian pyramids

2.1. Nubian pyramids were constructed (roughly 220 of them) at three sites in Nubia to serve as tombs for the kings and queens of Napata and Meroë.

2.1.1. The Nubians built more pyramids than the Egyptians, but they are smaller. The Nubian pyramids were constructed at a steeper angle than Egyptian ones and were monuments to dead kings and queens. Pyramids were still being built in Nubia up to AD 300.

3. Mesoamerican pyramids

3.1. A number of Mesoamerican cultures also built pyramid-shaped structures. Mesoamerican pyramids were usually stepped, with temples on top, more similar to the Mesopotamian ziggurat than the Egyptian pyramid.

3.1.1. The largest pyramid by volume is the Great Pyramid of Cholula, in the Mexican state of Puebla. This pyramid is considered the largest monument ever constructed anywhere in the world, and is still being excavated. There is an unusual pyramid with a circular plan at the site of Cuicuilco, now inside Mexico City and mostly covered with lava from an ancient eruption of Xictli. Pyramids in Mexico were often used as places of human sacrifice.

4. Pyramid in India

4.1. Many giant granite temple pyramids were made in South India during the Chola Empire, many of which are still in religious use today.

4.1.1. Examples of such pyramid temples include Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur, the Temple of Gangaikondacholisvaram and the Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram. However the largest temple pyramid in the area is Sri Rangam in Srirangam, Tamil Nadu. The Brihadisvara Temple was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1987; the Temple of Gangaikondacholisvaram and the Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram were added as extensions to the site in 2004.

5. Greece

5.1. Pyramid of Hellinikon.

5.1.1. The pyramid at Hellenikon has the shape of a tour with its external sides sloping

6. Pyramid in Rome

6.1. Pyramid of Cestius

6.1.1. The Pyramid of Cestius is an ancient pyramid in Rome, Italy near the Porta San Paolo and the Protestant Cemetery. It stands in a fork between two ancient roads, the Via Ostiensis and another road that ran west to the Tiber along the appoximate line of the modern Via della Marmorata

7. Chinese pyramids

7.1. There are many square flat-topped mound tombs in China. The First Emperor of Qin (circa 221 B.C.) was buried under a large mound outside modern day Xi'an. In the following centuries about a dozen more Han Dynasty royals were also buried under flat-topped pyramidal earthworks.

8. Pyramid in Geece

8.1. Dotted throughout the landscape are remains of buildings that were described by ancient travelers as pyramids, they were first excavated by Americans and Germans in the early 1900s and the 1960s.

8.1.1. Pausanias, a Greek traveler in the second century A.D. described several of the structures as pyramids. One of these pyramids was located in Hellenikon (Ελληνικό in Greek), a village near Argos near the ancient ruins of Tiryns.

9. Spain

9.1. New node