As some of you guys probably know I have spent the past 2 weeks travelling in Sudan and Egypt. Two countries that are very famous for their ancient pyramids and pharaos. Egypt of course more than Sudan, but it is surprisingly Sudan that has the most amount of Pyramids in the world.
Of course my trips did not stop with the famous Pyramids of Giza. The countries contain so many interesting pyramids very few have ever heard about. I started hunting.
I had such a great pleasure hunting pyramids that I wanted to know where to hunt next. I was surprised to see that there is no complete list of all pyramids in the world anywhere on the internet. Even Wikipedia does not list them all.
One of the reasons might be that it is hard to distinguish between an actual pyramid and a ancient temple. Another reason is, that many natural rock and mountain formations that looks like pyramids are either included or excluded, and if excluded there might be theories out there saying it is a man made pyramid. Basically there are many conspiracy theories about pyramids everywhere (which I find fascinating)!
Long story short my research gene took over and I started to make a list of my own. I was so surprised to find so many interesting pyramids many of them just recently discovered. I also included modern pyramids.
Basically, my definition of a pyramid is that it vaguely has to resemble the appearance of a pyramid (4 triangular walls leaning on each other). Of course most non Egyptian pyramids do not have an apex and I have accepted this shape as a pyramid as well.
Enjoy the list, it is one of a kind on the internet! Maybe you will be surprised to see your own country have a pyramid!
The list of Pyramid site’s of the world:
Pyramid of Tirana
Nim Li Punit
Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Seila Pyramid
The Zawiyet el-Meiyitin Pyramid
The Sinki Pyramid
The Naqada Pyramid
The Kula Pyramid
The Elephantine Pyramid
Pyramids of Xian
The great white pyramid (lost)
Gunung Padang Pyramid
Purbakala Pugung Raharjo
Iranian Parliament building
Ziggurat of Ur
Nima Sand Museum
Pyramid of Peace, Astana
Santa Cecilia Acatitlan
Huaca de la Luna
Kashkadarya (Newly found)
Pyramid of Antarctica
Basically, this list is for myself feeding into places I want to visit in this world. That is why I have only included sites that actually is interesting for me. This includes all man made pyramids and few natural formations which have some kind of claim or conspiracy theory out there attached to it saying it is a man made pyramid.
Green ones are those I have already visited.
Red ones are those so damaged that it is hard to recognize it as a pyramid anymore. If you go to a red one you have to be very interested in archaeology I think!
Do you think I missed any? Let me know in the comments! Thank you 🙂
In my last post I called the CERN facilities in Switzerland “our times Wonder of the world”. It made me think what else out there could be categorized as such and I made a list of 7 wonders of the modern world.
Do you remember the original Seven Wonders of the World? The ancient ones are all destroyed except the Pyramids of Giza. Later few architects agreed upon naming a new list with structures that still are standing today. This is maybe the more famous one featuring well known landmarks like: Taj Mahal, The Great Wall of China, Petra and Colosseum amongst others.
Here are the very original 7, and the New 7:
My modern 7 wonders
In my list I have tried to choose wonders that have the most significant impact on the world we know in 2018. I imagine that nothing will ever beat the Ancient 7 Wonders, because they have simply outperformed anything in their time. In our modern world new technology makes it easier to break records. Therefore, the candidates for this list has been chosen through following criteria:
The level of impact it has had on our self awareness as humans
Shown an outstanding achievement in our ability to create.
Is memorable and iconic.
Is going to be well preserved for centuries.
Has an actual function rather than just made to show off.
I was trying to think what they will remember us for 3000 years away from now. Which landmarks will be visited by tourists 3000 years from now? What has transformed into museums?
Here is the list: The Seven Wonders of the Modern World
A little bit about every one and the reason
Large Hadron Collider, CERN, Switzerland I have mentioned the importance of this facility many times before. Basically it has been the reason for many important discoveries and helped us understand the universe better. If you wanna read a little bit more about it, check my blog post here.
Panama Channel, Panama Besides being one of the longest and hardest engineering projects in the history and killing more than 25000 people in the making, the Panama Channel has even today a huge impact on the history. It is basically the number one reason behind USA’s success and super power status today. The importance of maritime force and trade is way more than you imagine. Destroy the Panama Channel, and you will see the decline of the US power pretty quickly. This is also the main reason why I chose the Panama Channel above the Suez Channel which is longer and just as impressive engineering wise.
ISS, Outer Space Need I say more? The International Space Station of course is a wonder. Not only the whole world is collaborating, but it is collaborating to reach out into space. In 3000 years when the Earth is only visited for tourism they will visit this station and say.. here it all started!
The Palm, United Arab Emirates
The Palm is so iconic that it doesn’t need introduction. The reason why it made it to the list is, that it shows a whole new era of narcissism. We have build islands before, but never in a shape to impress people from the air. In addition, this could be the start of a new era of creating land instead of conquering it.
NEEMO, Aquarius, USA
This facility is maybe the least known on the list. NEEMO is an underwater laboratory ran by NASA. They basically send their astronauts here to live underwater in 3 weeks to prepare them for the harsh space environment. Again, this place had a huge impact on making us understand our own capabilities as human beings and therefore it made it to the list. As a teen I dreamt about being sent there and finally to space.
Burj Khalifa, United Arab Emirates
Now this one I was a bit in doubt about. It is the tallest building in the world, the skyscraber of skyscrabers. But the record will soon be overthrown by another tower in Saudi Arabia. However, I decided to include it because this really kickstarted the race to the skies. In addition, being located in the desert, this building has a very important function of keeping the whole city of Dubai together. Everything in Dubai is done indoors and the need for huge a building is therefore legit.
Dìxià Chéng, China
This is another less known facility. Can you imagine that beneath the capital city of Beijing is a nuclear shelter large enough to house the whole population of 6 million people of Beijing? Well this is the name of this shelter. Just the thought of it makes you get goosebumps. Hopefully, no one would ever nuke China and it will stand as a memory of the time when humans were so afraid of killing themselves, that they spent billions on structures like this.
Other structures in scope that did not make it to the list:
Transit siberiean railway, Russia
Atacama large milimetee array, Chile
Hubble telescope, Outer space
Three Gorges Dam, China
Cheyenne mountain bunker, USA
Tokyo train and metro, Japan
Shanghai metro, China
Hashima Island, Japan
Boeing Everett Factory, USA
Ski Dubai, UAE
Rungrado May Day stadium, North Korea
Suez Channel, Egypt
Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, China
Take a look at the candidates. Did I miss any important? Do you think something else deserve to be on the list? Let me know in the comments!
So I have decided to start up a new travel blog just like everyone else is doing. I hope you will like mine though. I promise it will be different!
I will not do the usual “Travel Guide to XX country”. Instead I will talk about some of the things I learn on my different travels. I will basically do 2 things:
Try to communicate the philosophical experience that travelling is. Basically sharing my thoughts about the world I see.
I will make a lot of lists about interesting things. My favourite places, favourite airlines, favourite anything.
Visiting historical places or significant cultural moments or even outstanding natural sceneries often throws me in a thinking mood. I am not a romantic nor a philosopher, but I like to actually try to decode the world and understand why everything is as it is. If you know me you will know I respect all cultures, all religions and only try to bring the best to the surface.
So another thing I will not do is the usual “10 things to watch out for in XX countries” or “10 most dangerous countries to go to”.
I have been to many countries on such lists and the rule of thumb is that people are just trying to live a happy life no matter the circumstances. If you meet them with interest, they will repay it with kindness. So do not be afraid and come with me on adventures all over the world 🙂
.. and PS: Tell me your honest opinion and thoughts about what I should do here. I am basically a noob