The pyramid is a particular type of architecture developed since ancient times and still used today for modern buildings.

The pyramid is a particular type of architecture developed since ancient times and still used today for modern buildings.

The pyramid is a particular type of architecture developed since ancient times and still used today for modern buildings.

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how was a pyramid structured ?

A **pyramid** is a structure whose *outer surfaces are triangular* and converge to a single point at the top, making the shape roughly a pyramid in the geometric sense.

The **base** of a pyramid can be:

–**trilateral**

–**quadrilateral**

-or **any polygon shape**

meaning that a pyramid has at least three outer triangular surfaces (at least four faces including the base).

The **square pyramid**, *with square base and four triangular outer surfaces, is a common version*.

Info Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramid

Origin and diffusion:

The term “pyramid” is derived from the Greek language pyramis (πυραμίς) which literally means “*the form of fire*.”

The first pyramids were built in *Mesopotamia* (*ziggurats* calls), and then by different civilizations at different times in ** Egypt**,

*Sudan, Ethiopia, Italy, India, Thailand,*

**Mexico**, South America and some Pacific islands.

Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ziggurat#/media/File:Ancient_ziggurat_at_Ali_Air_Base_Iraq_2005.jpg

What are the most famous pyramids?

The most famous pyramids are the **Egyptian pyramids** and those of the **Mayan civilization**.

*Egypt:*

*Egypt:*

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**Egyptian pyramids**have a

**square base**with the exception of some rectangular base, have

**four smooth faces**which join the edges, at the top was placed the

**pyramidion**.

*The Egyptian pyramids were built as tombs above the tomb of the ruler*. The development of these monuments began with the *Third Dynasty* as an evolution of the tomb ** mastaba**.

The **Great Pyramid of Giza** (*also know as the Pyramid of Cheops*) *is one of **the Seven Wonders of theAncient World*. It is estimated to have used 5.5 million tons of limestone, 8,000 tons of granite (imported from Aswan), and 500,000 tons of mortar for the construction of the Great Pyramid.

*Info Source: **https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pyramid_of_Giza*

*image source: **https://www.britannica.com/topic/Pyramids-of-Giza*

Mayan civilization:

The most famous pyramids of the Mayan civilization, we find them to **Chichen Itza**, which is a major *Mayan archaeological site* located in Mexico, in the *north of the Yucatan Peninsula*.

In particular, the **Temple of Kukulkan**, also called *El Castillo, is one of the most famous step pyramids pre-Columbian Mexico*, with **steps** that run along the four sides to the top. Each of the four sides of the pyramid has 91 steps which, added together, including the platform at the top of the temple as the final step, produces a total of 365 points (that is equal to the number of days of the year). El Castillo is a *world heritage site* since 1988.

*image source: **https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Castillo,_Chichen_Itza – /media/File:Chichen_Itza_3.jpg*

the pyramid today

Surely the Mayan and Egyptian civilizations had no idea that their architecture would be able to stand the test of time and *would have inspired the modern architects*, today in fact we find *many buildings made following the pyramid structure.*

For example:

-the **Luxor hotel in Las Vegas**

-or the **Pyramid of the Louvre in Paris**.

As a work of *extreme engineering* there is the **Tokyo pyramid**, a project under construction in a huge *multifunctional structure, *whose height exceeds *12 times that of giza pyramid*, designed to withstand *earthquakes* and *tsunami *and to work with *renewable energy*.

*image source: **https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramid – /media/File:Louvre_at_dusk.JPG*

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*image source: **https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramid – /media/File:Luxor_Hotel.jpg*