When most of us hear the word pyramid, we immediately think of Egypt. After all, Egypt is home to the most famous and splendid pyramids in the world. However, many other amazing pyramids exist, but they're not that well-known. Discover these ancient structures that can be found all over the world from Asia to Europe.
Pyramid of Cestius, Italy
Few know that you can find an actual pyramid in the center of Rome. Italian capital is famous for its ancient sights like the Colosseum and Pantheon, but it is not often linked with ancient pyramids. The site is located in Testaccio, and its height of 36 meters makes it pretty hard to miss. It was built 2,000 years ago as a tomb for Caius Cestius, a Roman politician. This Egyptian-style pyramid is the one of four known pyramids to have been built in Rome, but only this one stayed preserved.
Pyramid of Koh Ker, Cambodia
Cambodia is definitely not your first choice when you think of pyramids. But deep in the jungle lies one of Cambodia's largest ancient temples, Koh Ker. It's often overlooked and not usually visited by tourists, which is one of the reasons for its nickname as the 'forgotten city'. It is a pity though, because it's an impressive monument of culture and architecture. The seven-tiered pyramid structure, Prang, is the highlight of the city. This unique pyramid is 36 meters high and its beauty will not leave you disappointed. Also, if you don't like touristy places overcrowded with people, this is the place for you.
Meroe Pyramids, Sudan
Believe it or not, Egypt is not the country with the most pyramids. This honor belongs to Egypt's neighbor, Sudan. Many don't know that Sudan actually has almost twice as many pyramids as Egypt. The pyramids were built by Kushites, an ancient civilization, who also entombed their royalty below pyramids. They're smaller compared to the famous Egyptian pyramids, but they are impressive in their own way and definitely worth a visit.
Great Pyramid of Cholula, Mexico
Don't let the picture fool you. This is not just a giant hill with a church on top. What you're seeing is the largest pyramid in the world, hidden inside a mountain. Because of its mud bricks, vegetation has grown all over it and entirely buried the structure.
It may come as a surprise to some that this is in fact the world's largest pyramid, not the Great Pyramid of Giza. Although the Giza pyramid is taller, the Great Pyramid of Cholula has a base that's four times larger and nearly twice the volume. Early settlers built a church on top of the hill not knowing that the Great Pyramid was lying beneath. Until it was rediscovered in 1910, nobody knew this hill was a pyramid.
Pyramids in Caral, Peru
The ancient city of Caral, located in the Supe Valley, is one of the oldest in the world. The 5,000-year-old city was home to the first known civilization in the Americas. The Caral civilization built these pyramids 500 years before Egyptians built the Pyramids of Giza. Today, it's possible just to see ruins and what remains of this once remarkable city.