Great Pyramid of Cholula
A Maya city from the Classic Period usually consisted of a series of stepped platforms topped by masonry structures, ranging from great temple- pyramids and palaces to individual house mounds. These structures were in turn arranged around broad plazas or courtyards.
8 Largest Pyramids in the World La Danta , El Mirador (0,9 million m³) Pyramid of the Sun (1,2 million m³) Luxor Hotel (1,228 million m³) Bent Pyramid (1,237 million m³) Red Pyramid (1,69 million m³) Great Pyramid of Cholula (1,8 million m³) Pyramid of Khafre (2,21 million m³) Pyramid of Khufu (2,58 million m³)
The Great Pyramid of Cholula
Scholars have suggested a number of potential reasons for the downfall of Maya civilization in the southern lowlands, including overpopulation, environmental degradation, warfare, shifting trade routes and extended drought. It’s likely that a complex combination of factors was behind the collapse.
Civilizations like the Olmec, Maya, Aztec and Inca all built pyramids to house their deities, as well as to bury their kings. In many of their great city-states, temple- pyramids formed the center of public life and were the site of holy rituals, including human sacrifice.
The Aztecs were Nahuatl-speaking people who lived in central Mexico in the 14th to 16th centuries. The Maya people lived in southern Mexico and northern Central America — a wide territory that includes the entire Yucatán Peninsula — from as early as 2600 BC. The civilization’s height was between 250 and 900 AD.
The Pyramid of Menkaure
A view of the pyramids at Giza from the plateau to the south of the complex. From left to right, the three largest are: the Pyramid of Menkaure, the Pyramid of Khafre and the Great Pyramid of Khufu .