Great Sights Of The World Hawii , Japan , Cambodia (1962) by Eliot ElisofonLIFE Photo Collection
Pharaohs and Emperor's spared no expense when it came to their tombs and memorials. Keep reading to visit 5 of the world's most stunning pyramids from home.
1. Pyramid of Djoser, Egypt
There are over one hundred pyramids in Egypt, but this was the first. Previous pharoahs had been buried in mud brick mastabas, but, between 2630-2611BCE, Djoser's architect, Imhotep, designed a stone step-pyramid to outlast the ages.
2. The Pyramids of Meroë, Sudan
Further upriver of the Nile were the ancient Kushite Kingdoms, sometime rivals and rulers of Egypt. These pyramids were built over hundreds of years, to house the bodies of over forty queens and kings.
3. The Pyramid of Cestius, Italy
This mausoleum is a genuine ancient monument, though not quite as ancient as the Egyptian pyramids… It was built between 18-12BCE for Gaius Cestius, a Roman magistrate, who may have seen the pyramids of Nubia while on a military campaign.
4. Chichen Itza, Mexico
There are many various historic structures at Chichen Itza, but the Temple of Kukulcan is the most famous. In its heyday, around 900CE, the temple and the surrounding buildings would have been painted in bright red, yellows, and purples.
5. The Prang at Koh Ker, Cambodia
Koh Ker was an important city in the Khmer Empire, and between 928–944CE it became the capital. In this time, forty temples were constructed but the Prang was the most important. This 36m tall pyramid was probably the state temple King of Jayavarman IV.
Bonus: The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
It wouldn't be a list of pyramids without the crowning glory: the Great Pyramid, also known as Kufu's Pyramid. People have admired and studied this pyramid since the days of ancient Rome, but it still holds many mysteries
Great Sights By Moonlight (1961-12) by James BurkeLIFE Photo Collection