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Old March 17th, 2008, 10:48 PM   #1
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World's tallest pyramids

I recently visited Las Vegas's pyramid-shaped Luxor Hotel and wondered how it compared in height to the great Egyptian pyramids. This spurred me to compile a list of the world's ten tallest standing true pyramids.
By the way, these are current heights, not original heights prior to erosion

1. Khufu (Cheops), the "Great Pyramid" at Giza, Egypt, 449'/136.8m
2. Chefren's Pyramid (for Khafra), the second pyramid at Giza, Egypt, 447'/136.2m
3. Teotihuaccan, on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, 357'/108.8m
4. Luxor Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV, USA, 347'/105.7m
5. Red Pyramid (aka North Pyramid) at Dahshur, Egypt, 344'/104.8m
6. Bent Pyramid of Snefru at Dahshur, Egypt, 343'/104.5m
7. Pyramid Arena, Memphis, TN, USA, 321'/97.8m
8. Snefru's Pyramid at Meidum, Egypt, 302'/92.0m
9. Tikal, Peten Peninsula, Guatemala, 230'/70.1m
10. Pyramid of Menkaure (Mycerinus), the third pyramid at Giza, Egypt, 218'/66.4m

If I've overlooked any, I apologize. Note: Since the much-publicized "Sun Pyramid" at Visoko, Bosnia (allegedly over 700') has not been officially validated, it is excluded from this list.

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Old March 18th, 2008, 12:47 AM   #2
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Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco, California, 853 feet / 260 meters.

Ryugyong_Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea, 1,083 feet / 330 meters


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Old March 18th, 2008, 02:22 AM   #3
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and in the future the London Bridge tower will be the 2nd tallest pyramid
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Old March 18th, 2008, 04:29 AM   #4
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That hotel has to be #1 unless you count that hill in the Balkans that archaelogists argue is actually an ancient pyramid that has been overgrown with vegetation.
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Old March 18th, 2008, 05:14 AM   #5
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Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco, California, 853 feet / 260 meters.

Ryugyong_Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea, 1,083 feet / 330 meters


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I pondered including the Transamerica Pyramid in my list, but mainly due to it's two "wings", the structure doesn't appear as a classic pyramid shape in my opinion. I'm sure many people will have the opposite opinion on this.

True, the Ryungyong is called a pyramid, but it really isn't. It consists of three giant curved wings which meet at a central point. The structure is not 5-faced (including the base), which true pyramids are.
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Old March 18th, 2008, 06:01 AM   #6
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A couple of pyramids in China are both wider an at least as tall as those in Egypt:


In 1912 of the two travel agents Fred Meyer Schroder and Oscar Maman reported of a tremendous building that they had seen in China."It was more eerie than if we had found them in the wilderness. Here they had been under the nose of the world, but unknown to the western countries... The big pyramid is about 1,000 feet high (other descriptions estimate 1,000 to 1,200 feet high) and roughly 1,500 feet at the base, which makes it twice as large as any pyramid in Egypt. The four faces of the structure are oriented with the compass points," the two travellers reported.

During the second world war, the pilot of the American Air Force, James Gaussman, with his co-pilot, flow - through a technical defect at his machine -, for several times over a specific territory in China. What he later reported sounds completely unbelievable: "I banked to avoid a mountain and we came out over a level valley. Directly below was a gigantic white pyramid. It looked like something out of a fairy tale. It was encased in shimmering white. This could have been metal, or some sort of stone. It was pure white on all sides. The remarkable thing was the capstone, a huge piece of jewel-like material that could have been crystal. There was no way we could have landed, although we wanted to. We were struck by the immensity of the thing", the pilots reported.











source: http://web.utanet.at/mahain/Pyramids_in_China.htm


There are literally hundreds of pyramids in China. All of them mausoleums for royalty or noblemen. Many hills and mountains are actually man-made burial mounds.

Another decent source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_pyramids
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Old March 18th, 2008, 06:11 AM   #7
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Do you have the locations and stats on these?
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Old March 18th, 2008, 06:12 AM   #8
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I recently visited Las Vegas's pyramid-shaped Luxor Hotel and wondered how it compared in height to the great Egyptian pyramids. This spurred me to compile a list of the world's ten tallest standing true pyramids.
By the way, these are current heights, not original heights prior to erosion

1. Khufu (Cheops), the "Great Pyramid" at Giza, Egypt, 449'/136.8m
2. Chefren's Pyramid (for Khafra), the second pyramid at Giza, Egypt, 447'/136.2m
3. Teotihuaccan, on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, 357'/108.8m
4. Luxor Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV, USA, 347'/105.7m
5. Red Pyramid (aka North Pyramid) at Dahshur, Egypt, 344'/104.8m
6. Bent Pyramid of Snefru at Dahshur, Egypt, 343'/104.5m
7. Pyramid Arena, Memphis, TN, USA, 321'/97.8m
8. Snefru's Pyramid at Meidum, Egypt, 302'/92.0m
9. Tikal, Peten Peninsula, Guatemala, 230'/70.1m
10. Pyramid of Menkaure (Mycerinus), the third pyramid at Giza, Egypt, 218'/66.4m

If I've overlooked any, I apologize. Note: Since the much-publicized "Sun Pyramid" at Visoko, Bosnia (allegedly over 700') has not been officially validated, it is excluded from this list.
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Just wanted to make something clear,Teotihuacan is NOT in the Yucatan peninsula,is located in central Mexico near Mexico City and is larger then the egiptian pyramids ,the one located in the yucatan peninsula is the non less impresive Chichen Itza Pyramid known as the castle wich is consider now one of the great marvels of the world,you can find more pictures of how it looks in the link below...

http://www.richard-seaman.com/Travel...can/index.html



Teotihucan

Pyramid of the Sun...




The ancient city of Teotihuacan is the most visited of Mexico’s archaeological sites and a must-see if you’re in Mexico City. The site is impressive for its scale, both in the size of the Pyramid of the Sun (the third largest pyramid in the world) and the majesty of the Calle de los Muertos (Street of the Dead) - originally 4km long and flanked by temples, palaces and platforms. Look for amazingly well preserved murals in the Palace of the Jaguars or the Palace of the Quetzal-butterfly and bold sculptures in the Temple of Quetzalcoatl.Teotihuacan ( which acually means “place of those who have the road of the gods”) was, at its height in the first half of the 1st millennium CE (Common Era), the largest city in the Americas. The name Teotihuacan is also used to refer to the civilization that this city was the center of, which at its greatest extent included much of central Mexico. Its influence spread throughout Mesoamerica; evidence of Teotihuacano presence, if not outright political and economic control, can be seen at numerous sites in Veracruz and the Maya region.

The city was located in what is now the San Juan Teotihuacan municipality in the State of Mexico, Mexico, approximately 40 km (about 25 miles) northeast of Mexico City.








Chiche Itza pyramid in Yucatan State,Mexico



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Old March 18th, 2008, 06:55 AM   #9
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Thanks for the correction. Teotihuacan's Pyramid of the Sun is not located in the Yucatan. And I agree, it is a most impressive structure.
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I am not sure if this counts, but 120 Wall St does resemble an aztec pyramid.

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Faisalia Tower, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 260m


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What about Fosters pyramid in kazakstan?
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Great building, but it's sides are gently curved. Not a true pyramid.
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What about Fosters pyramid in kazakstan?
Foster's has a true pyramid shape. It measures 203'/61.87m.
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Thanks. Its a great building. Thought it was taller though!
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The Trans America Pyramid in San Francisco is pretty slim as well.

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Does anyone know what is supposed to be the purpose of those two "wings" on the Trans America? In other words: Were they included simply for their appearance, or do they have a special function, such as for directing air flow around the building? And do they contain office space, stairwells, or what?
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Alexander the Great, Julius Cesar and Napoleon were mere tourists, when they saw the Egyptian Pyramids, so old they were. Its incredible to think that people from the Iron Age, like Alexander, were as mesmerized by the Egyptian Pyramids as we are now... and that those pyramids were as old to Alexander as Alexandria is to ourselves!!!
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Does anyone know what is supposed to be the purpose of those two "wings" on the Trans America? In other words: Were they included simply for their appearance, or do they have a special function, such as for directing air flow around the building? And do they contain office space, stairwells, or what?
Not certain but I think that's where the elevator shafts are.
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