The Greatest Pyramid Of The World Is In Mexico, Not Egypt

In Cholula, Mexico, you will find the largest pyramid ever built. While most of the early history of the pyramid is shrouded in mystery, historians believe that the Great Pyramid of Cholula was built around 300 B.C. Not even the Spanish conquistadors who invaded Cholula in the 1500s knew that that pyramid existed, tucked quietly within the Aztec city. The massive pyramid, which is 66 meters tall and 450 meters wide (about 215 feet tall and about 1,500 feet wide), is covered in trees and plants making it look like it is just another hill in another city.

Move over Cairo, Egypt. Puebla, Cholula, Mexico is home to the largest pyramid in the world, and it is beautiful.

Obscured from view by growing vegetation, the Great Pyramid of Cholula is not only the largest pyramid in the world, but it is also the largest structure ever built by any civilization, according to the BBC.

Seriously, this is such an amazing structure.

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The pyramid’s construction first started around 300 B.C., according to the Daily Mail. But it isn’t just one pyramid. It is actually six different structures built on each other by the Aztecs that once inhabited the city.

Even though the pyramid had been built in 300 B.C., it wasn’t uncovered until 1910.

Despite the Spanish invasion of 1519, Hernán Cortés and his conquistadores thought the pyramid was just a hill. Built with adobe bricks, which are made of mud and straw, plants took root and grew to cover the structure from view.

During their conquest, Cortés and his forces built la Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios on top of the “hill.” It is still there today.

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Skeletons that might have belonged to decapitated children were discovered when the pyramid was first excavated, according to the BBC.

After the pyramid was discovered, the city of Puebla reclaimed the structure and began creating tunnels.

There are five miles of tunnels carved into the pyramid in total, which allow for tourists and residents to explore the pyramid from the inside out.

For reference, this pyramid is about four times bigger than the Great Pyramid of Giza located in Egypt.

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It is also about twice the volume of Egypt’s most famed pyramid, and it’s the longest continuously occupied structure in the world.

Just goes to show that Mexico truly is a country full of wonder and mystery.

¡Viva México!

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