There are a very large number of really huge pyramids, both modern and ancient. You can determine the largest of them by a variety of parameters, the simplest of which will simply measure the height. However, a more accurate way is to compare pyramids by volume using the standard volume formula. True, there are also a number of inaccuracies here, many pyramids are partially destroyed, and some are still far from being completely excavated. Nevertheless, I present to you a list of the 8 largest pyramids in the world.
8. La Danta in El Mirador
(0.9 million cubic meters)
El Mirador was one of the major Mayan cities from the 6th century BC to the 1st century AD. The peak population here exceeded 8,000 people. For unknown reasons, the city was abandoned at the end of the 9th century AD. Its ruins were discovered in 1926, but they did not become very popular due to their location deep in the jungle in northern Guatemala. Today, everything is overgrown with jungle, and the largest building here, the La Dante complex, is more like a big green hill.
The La Danta complex consists of several platforms, on the highest of which there are three pyramids, one of which reaches 21 meters in height.
7. Pyramid of the Sun Teotihuacan
(1.2 million cubic meters)
The Pyramid of the Sun is the largest structure of the ancient city of Teotihuacan and one of the largest pyramids in South America. The name comes from the Aztecs, who settled here several centuries after the city was abandoned.
6. Hotel Luxor
(1.228 million cubic meters)
The Luxor Hotel was one of the first mega-structures to appear in Las Vegas in the 1990s. In 1993, Luxor was opened after 18 months of construction. Inside there are 2526 guest rooms, a giant casino, a showroom, restaurants and a disco club on the second floor. with a length of 183 meters and a height of 110 meters, Luxor is significantly inferior to the Pyramid of Cheops in Giza, on the model of which it was built.
5. Bent Pyramid in Egypt
(1.237 million cubic meters)
The Bent Pyramid at Dahshur was the second pyramid built by Pharaoh Sneferu. Its base rises at an angle of 55 degrees, and then suddenly changes the angle of inclination to 43 degrees. There are many hypotheses explaining such a project, which you can read about in a detailed article at the link above.
4. Pink Pyramid
(1.69 million cubic meters)
Built by Pharaoh Sneferu, the Pink Pyramid is the first successful attempt at building a proper pyramid. Its dimensions at the base are 220 by 220 meters, and the height is 104 meters. It was the largest Egyptian pyramid before the construction of the Giza pyramids.
3. Great Pyramid of Cholula
(1.8 million cubic meters)
The pyramid of Cholula in Mexico looks like a no longer natural hill, on top of which a Catholic church is built. According to the Guinness Book of Records, this temple is actually the largest pyramid in the world. Its total volume was estimated at 4.45 million cubic meters.
However, in the course of subsequent excavations and research, scientists came to the conclusion that the complex consists of several structures built on top of each other at different periods of time, and the base of the pyramid itself is much smaller in volume. However, even with such calculations, it ranks third in the list of the largest pyramids in the world.
2. Pyramid of Khafre in Egypt
(2.2 million cubic meters)
The Pyramid of Khafre is the second largest pyramid on the Giza plateau. Although it appears to be taller than the Great Pyramid due to its elevation, it is smaller in size. Its base is 215 meters long and 14365 meters high. Also, a distinctive feature is the locally preserved layer of facing stone.
1. Pyramid of Cheops
(2.58 million cubic meters)
The Great Pyramid of Cheops is the largest pyramid in the world, as well as the only remaining miracle in the list of 7 ancient wonders of the world. Its construction was completed in 2560 BC, 2 million huge stone blocks were used within 20 years. The height of the pyramid is 139 meters, and the length at the base is 230 meters.