The Largest Pyramid on Earth isn’t the Great Pyramid of Giza. Halfway around the world, in modern-day Mexico lie the ruins of a majestic ancient structure which rightfully holds the title as the largest pyramid ever built.
Said to have been erected by the giant Xelhua, according to Aztec Mythology, this ancient structure is believed to have taken ten centuries to build.
The pyramid of Cholula, in the state of Puebla, is the most massive building erected by man, not even the pyramids of Egypt, (although higher) occupy so many cubic meters of material.
It was allegedly built by a giant who wanted to build a pyramid that reaches to heaven, says mythology; but archaeologists are convinced that thousands of builders participated in its construction, taking them at least ten centuries to complete.
The site itself is shrouded in magic and mystery.
Model of the city and Great Pyramid of Cholula. Cholula Museum, Puebla, Mexico. ( CC BY SA 4.0 )
The ancient archaeological site of Cholula has been the center of study four archaeologists end exporter from all around the world.
In this article, we bring you the most important facts about the archaeological site home to the largest and most massive pyramid on the surface of the planet.
One of the most important facts, which many people are unaware of is that the great pyramid of Cholula is larger than the Great Pyramid of Giza.
The pyramid of Giza, in Egypt, occupies 2 million 500 thousand cubic meters, but the pyramid of Cholula comprises 4 million 500 thousand cubic meters, which makes it the largest building built by man.
Mythology says Giants built it.
According to mythology, in ancient times, the earth was inhabited by giants, but after a massive flood swept over the Earth, all died except Xelhua, who in gratitude, built what we know today as Cholula, one of the most massive pyramids in the world. This giant wanted to build a gigantic pyramid that reached to the heavens.
But Tonacatecutli, father of all the gods, saw this as an offense and launched a rock from the heavens in the killing off many of the builders, causing the construction to halt.
Secrets buried deep beneath the Pyramid.
Diego Delso [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsThe last excavations done inside the pyramid of Cholula to explore the interior of this massive structure were conducted from 1966 to 1974, led by Miguel Messmacher.
However, exploration was halted for two reasons: the possibility that explorations would cause the entire Pyramid to collapse, and because of the risk of damaging the foundations of the church that was built at the top, which is protected by INAH.
Because there aren’t any written documents, no one knows when the pyramids construction process began.
However, archaeologists believe that it was in 300 BC or at the beginning of the Christian era when thousands of workers started erecting one of the most massive pyramids on the planet.
Meet the Mural of Drinkers.
Discovered at a depth of nearly eight meters, the Mural of Drinkers happens to be one of the largest pre-Columbian murals ever discovered in Mexico, having a total length of 57 meters.
The subject of the mural is a feast, featuring personages drinking what is most likely pulque.
Seven Pyramids, not one.
The Great Pyramid of Cholula or the Tlachihualtepetl as its also known, was the product of seven superimposed pyramids, each of which covered the whole of the previous pyramid. This motivated the gradual enlargement of the base, which reached up to four hundred and fifty meters on one side, reaching a height of sixty-six meters.
The current appearance of the great pyramid of Cholula is that of a massive hill on top of which a Catholic church was built, dedicated to the Virgin of the Remedies.